Department of Public Health holds HIV screenings

(ALBANY, Ga)- June is National HIV Awareness Month, and Dougherty County did their part Thursday.

The state Department of Public Health was holding free HIV screenings all day at the South Slappey Boulevard Walgreens.

Remy Hutchins with the Department of Public Heath tells us how important it is to normalize HIV screenings as part of a regular physical.

Hutchins tells us, “Unfortunately, there’s stigma around HIV testin. There’s a stigma around people living with HIV. Our goal is just to try and reduce that stigma so people are willing to come and get tested, individuals who are HIV positive or living with HIV, that they’re willing to come and seek care.”

According to a 2016 CDC Report, more than 31 in every one hundred thousand people tested positive for HIV.