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Jeremy Hobbs wants elected officials, leaders to be tested for HIV

OK, so Jeremy Hobbs is still running for Red McDaniels’ seat on Columbus Council, having survived a challenge to his legal residency in the 8th district.

And he still wants elected officials ― even McDaniels, we presume ― to join him on June 27 to commemorate National HIV Testing Day. Hobbs, an advocate for those who are HIV positive, wants more people to get tested.

Specifically, he wants “all city leaders and elected officials” to join him at the main Columbus Library at 11 a.m. on the 27th for a news conference and to take the test, as Mayor Teresa Tomlinson did last year.

Sheriff John Darr and District Attorney Julia Slater have agreed to be tested, as has Lisa Jenkins, a candidate for clerk of superior court, Hobbs said in a release

Hobbs, who is HIV positive, said 20 percent of people living with HIV do not know it, and that those 20 percent are responsible for 70 percent of new cases.