MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) - Today, the Macon-Bibb Health Department was swamped with people who wanted to know if they're HIV positive.
All over the country, free HIV testing was done in honor of National HIV Testing Day. The Health Department was offering a 20-minute test called Ora-Quick. A small prick of the finger, and in less than a half hour people found out if they were positive or negative.
The Community Health Nursing Supervisor at the Macon-Bibb Health Department, Beverlyn Ming says many people may not show symptoms of HIV even if they have the virus.
"A person needs to know their status also, it they're positive there's treatment out there so we can make referrals to providers that provide treatment for them," says Ming.
To encourage people to get tested, the Macon-Bibb Health Department offers free testing for Bibb County residents all year long. It's $20 for all non residents.