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Gay Columbus, Ga., City Council candidate, HIV activist pushes local leaders to get tested

Jeremy Hobbs

Jeremy Hobbs, an openly gay HIV activist, is pushing for local elected officials and community leaders in Columbus, Ga. to join him on getting testing on National HIV Testing Day later this month.

Hobbs, 37, is also running for a seat on the Columbus City Council against incumbent Red McDaniels.

“In 2007, I started giving a voice back to people who are [HIV] positive,” Hobbs told GA Voice in phone interview. “So many people want to live in the shadows or not talk about anything. We're trying to face the stigma here locally.”