SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — The coronavirus pandemic has created a problem for HIV testing in Georgia. Over the past year, there were 7,000 fewer HIV tests administered in the peach state than the year before. Now, Coastal Health District’s CARE Centers is working to get testing numbers back up.
Starting June 21, you can get free HIV testing at various locations throughout the Coastal Empire. The week of free testing is a buildup to National HIV testing day on June 27. If you can’t make it to one of the free testing site, The Coastal Health District can mail you a free self test. If you test positive, doctors will be on hand to help get you started on treatment the day you receive your results.
The Coastal Health District (CHD) offers many HIV/AIDS services to those at risk or battling the disease. Those services include lab work, medication, nutrition assessments, and counseling. Emergency financial assistance, housing assistance, support groups and food vouchers are also available through partners, according to CHD.
To get more information on free home self-tests, free condoms and prevention methods, click here.