Local health facility encourages HIV testing on World AIDS Day
MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – December 1st is World AIDS Day. It’s an opportunity to raise awareness on the illness and to remember the lives lost from the virus.
The theme for this year’s World Aids Day is “Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships.” There’s a resource in town offering assistance to people in the middle Georgia area. The Hope Center in Macon offers counseling and gives HIV patients the support they need to get through everyday life.
“Just last year, about 40,000 individuals were nearly diagnosed with HIV,” says Brian Taylor who is a peer advocate at Hope Center. there is no cure for hiv but health experts say it’s not a death sentence, as long as you know your status and get tested.
Taylor adds, “It is important to have that open dialogue and conversation with your partner. You know ask them when was their last HIV test you know try to feel comfortable enough to talk about your sexual history.”
People can take medicines like PREP, or Pre-exposure Prophylaxis to prevent the virus. PREP is a pill that can be taken daily. In honor of World Aids Day, the center is displaying a quilt of love honoring those who have passed away from aids.
Taylor says the condition can be deadly but the services they offer aims to restore the “feel good” in each person that walks through their doors.
If there are any patients living with the virus, you can always stop by The Hope Center located on Emery Highway in east Macon for counseling.