In honor of Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH) will be having a FREE HIV testing event at Fair Oaks Recreation Center, located at 1465 Booth Road in Marietta on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A raffle ticket will be offered to anyone that is tested during March 4 through March 9, with the goal to get 1,000 women in the community tested. One winner will receive a “Fun Night Out” gift, courtesy of the HIV Prevention team.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an annual, nationwide observance that highlights the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH) leads National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Every year on March 10 and throughout the month of March, federal, national, and community organizations come together to show support for women and girls impacted by HIV and AIDS.

“Our goal is to raise awareness about the need for all women and girls, especially pregnant women, to be tested and linked to appropriate medical care if needed”, said HIV Prevention Program Manager Karrie Pate, MPH.

Cobb & Douglas Public Health’s testing, counseling and outreach efforts include the help of knowledgeable, compassionate counselors that can guide residents through next step options or discuss risk-reduction techniques.

The HIV Prevention team will be holding on-site HIV testing events at several CDPH locations during the week of March 4-9. FREE on-site testing will be available from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the following locations:

* Smyrna Public Health Center – March 7

* Marietta Public Health Center – March 8

There are no needles involved and results are confidential and available within 60 seconds. For more information about the free HIV testing events, call 770-514-2815.

About Cobb & Douglas Public Health:

Cobb & Douglas Public Health, along with the Georgia Department of Public Health, has been committed to the mission of “Healthier Lives. Healthier Community.” since 1920. We are dedicated to improving our residents’ quality of life by tracking and preventing the spread of disease, promoting health and safety, providing exceptional medical services, and ensuring that our community is prepared for public health emergencies. For more information, visit