On Monday, September 28, Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) will provide free, rapid HIV testing & counseling at the CDPH Marietta Public Health Center Boardroom from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The Marietta Public Health Center is located at 1650 County Services Parkway in Marietta.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1.1 million people in the United States were living with HIV at the end of 2010, the most recent year this information was available. Of those people, about 16% do not know they are infected. In particular, three of four infected individuals living with HIV are men, and African-American men have the highest rates of new infection among all men. In total, men accounted for 80 percent of all new HIV infections.

“We continue to provide testing, counseling and awareness events focused on HIV prevention so that we can reach those most in need of our services and link them with the care they need to live healthy, fulfilling lives in Cobb and Douglas counties,” said Rachel Franklin, Director of Epidemiology at Cobb & Douglas Public Health. “It’s critical to understand who is most affected by diseases and infections, but everyone is welcome to get tested, know their status and receive the support and understanding of how they can live happy, healthy lives – even if they’re experiencing a health challenge like HIV.”

This free event is open to everyone. All testing results are confidential and are available in 20 minutes. No blood or needles are required for testing.

For more information, please call 770-514-2432