As many know, the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Atlanta and throughout Georgia rivals that of a third world country. According to the Georgia Department of Public Health, 2,698 Georgians were diagnosed with HIV in 2017. The problem is focused in Atlanta, where 69 percent of all people living with HIV in 2016 resided.
To help combat this problem, Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS, a leading public information response focused on the domestic HIV/AIDS epidemic, are teaming up to host their largest free HIV testing event at Walgreens stores across Atlanta and the state.
With their National HIV Testing Day Community Partnership, Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS hopes to broaden the reach of HIV testing and information and help people understand the latest in HIV prevention, treatment, and care.
On June 27, you can receive a free in-store HIV test from 10am to 7pm at Walgreens locations in Atlanta, Athens, Austell, Brookhaven, College Park, Dallas, Decatur, Elberton, Gainesville, Lagrange, McDonough, Monroe, Norcross, Peachtree Corners, Riverdale, Sandy Springs, Smyrna, Stone Mountain, Stonecrest, and Winder.
Tests are walk-in and do not require an appointment. In addition, people who stop by can also pick up information materials and talk to counselors about HIV prevention and treatment.
HIV testing is one of the leading ways to prevent the spread of HIV. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in seven people are living with HIV in the U.S. and don’t know it.
To learn more and find a participating Walgreens store near you, visit GreaterThan.org.