2018-06-13 / News

Free HIV testing available

Community Service Board of Middle GA – Ogeechee Division (CSBMG) will kick off National HIV testing week beginning on Monday, June 23rd. There will be three FREE HIV testing events that week; one at each CSBMG – Ogeechee outpatient location; and there will be drawings for prizes, gift cards, and gift certificates for all that get tested on these days.

Testing events with giveaways

Monday, June 25: Screven County CSBMG outpatient clinic, 302 E. Ogeechee St., Sylvania, GA 30647, 912-564- 7825

Tuesday, June 26: Burke County CSBMG outpatient clinic, 292 W. 4th St., Waynesboro, GA 30830, 706-437-6863

Wedensday, June 27: Emanuel County CSBMG outpatient clinic, 223 N. Anderson Dr. Swainsboro, GA 30401, 478- 289-2530

CSBMG has three outpatient offices located in Swainsboro, Waynesboro and Sylvania, and serve individuals from Burke, Emanuel, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins and Screven counties. CSBMG is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is dedicated to providing low to no cost quality innovative behavioral healthcare and substance abuse treatment/ counseling for individuals in the service area. They also provide free rapid, confidential HIV testing and counseling by appointment or by walk-in Monday – Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. The HIV testing performed at CSBMG is done by obtaining a single drop of blood from a simple finger-stick and results are received in minutes. Licensed counselors are on site to provide counseling and linkage to care if needed. CSBMG’s mission is to educate the community on HIV risks, testing, prevention and treatment; and to help beat the stigma of HIV, which was once considered a “death sentence”. The South is at the epicenter of a growing HIV/AIDS epidemic, with more people living with HIV and dying of AIDS than in any region in the country and Georgia is ranked 6th highest among the 50 states in cumulative reported AIDS cases. In Georgia as elsewhere, the people who bear the overwhelming burden of this disease are racial and ethnic minorities.

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. This year’s theme, Test Your Way. Do It Today., is a call for Americans to get tested now and a reminder that there are more ways than ever to get an HIV test. About 1.1 million people in the United States have HIV, and 1 in 7 of them don’t know it. Young people are the most likely to be unaware of their HIV infection. The CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. But some people are more at risk of getting HIV than others and should be tested at least once a year. Sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from more frequent testing; as well as IV drug users. Knowing your HIV status is important for your health. If you are living with HIV, you should start treatment as soon as possible. HIV medicine can keep you healthy for many years and greatly reduces your chance of transmitting the virus if you take it the right way every day. And if you’re HIVnegative, you can take steps to prevent HIV.

For more information on these FREE testing events or any of the services offered by CSBMG – Ogeechee Division, please contact Wendy Felix, Infection Control Nurse/HIV, Communicable Disease Specialist at 478- 289-2701 or you may contact any CSBMG office. And again, all HIV testing conducted and results received at any CSBMG clinic, are strictly confidential.

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