On Thursday, June 27, 2013, Cobb & Douglas Public Health (CDPH), in collaboration with Cobb Community Service Board, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Northwest Georgia Chapter and Makeup & Motivation, will provide free rapid HIV testing & counseling in honor of National HIV Testing Day. In an effort to reach more people and better serve the community, testing will be offered at two locations: the CDPH Marietta Public Health Center from 1pm-4pm and the Marietta Flea Market from 3pm-7pm. The Marietta Public Health Center is located at 1650 County Services Parkway in Marietta and the Marietta Flea Market is at 550 Franklin Rd SE in Marietta.

“HIV/AIDS is a major public health concern in the United States. Its prevention, especially among African American women, is a priority of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women. The Northwest Georgia Chapter has sponsored a number of activities in recent years to bring awareness to the issue. We are excited to join forces with our partners, Cobb & Douglas Public Health and Cobb Community Services Board to provide free testing and counseling services to the local community” says chapter President Cheryl C. Cole.

According to the Georgia Department of Community Health, Georgia ranked sixth in the nation for cumulative HIV/AIDS cases in 2009, with 65 percent of those cases living in the Metro-Atlanta area. As part of the Metro-Atlanta area, CDPH is committed to ensuring the community understands that they are not powerless in this fight, by offering education and assistance.

“Activities such as these provide residents with critical information and resources to fight this epidemic”, said Joy Wells, CDPH Director of Epidemiology.

This free event is open to everyone. All testing results are confidential and are available in 20 minutes. For more information, please call 770-514-2815 or 770-514-2432.

About Cobb & Douglas Public Health

Since 1920, Cobb & Douglas Public Health, with our partners, promotes and protects the health and safety of the residents of Cobb and Douglas counties. We work to achieve healthy people in healthy communities by: Preventing epidemics and spread of disease; Protecting against environmental hazards; Preventing injuries; Promoting and encouraging healthy behaviors; Responding to disasters and assisting in community recovery; Assuring the quality and accessibility of health care. By excelling at our core responsibilities, we will assist our residents in living healthier, longer and more rewarding lives. For more information visit http://www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.org/.