The Columbus Health Department will be offering free HIV testing Thursday on World AIDS Day.
The testing will be conducted from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the headquarters of the West Central Health District, 2100 Comer Ave.
Testing is easy, confidential and results are available in about 30 minutes.
According to a news release, there are an estimated 34 million people who have HIV. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
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Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment and there are laws to protect people living with the virus.
But officials believe many people still do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others.
For more information, call 706-321-6300.