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AIDS awareness, prevention focus on Dec. 1

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Georgia is joining in the observance of Dec. 1 as World AIDS Day. 

Those between the ages 13 and 24 are more than a quarter of new HIV infections each year, according to data released this week by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of that group, 60 percent don't know they have the virus.

As part of the Dec. 1 observance, the Georgia Department of Public Health is hosting its first HIV/AIDS Twitter chat from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday. 

Chat topics include: new HIV/AIDS data from the CDC, the AIDS epidemic in Georgia, what is being done fight HIV in the state and details on HIV testing and AIDS treatment and prevention. To join the chat, use or follow with hashtag #GeorgiaWAD2012.

The Georgia Dept. of Public Health was recently awarded a $2.5 million grant from the CDC to help get treatment for those who are HIV-positive. An HIV-positive person is 96 percent less likely to transmit the virus to others if they're adhering to an appropriate treatment regimen, according to the health department. 

Free HIV testing is available across the state. To find a testing location and to learn more about World AIDS Day events, call the Georgia AIDS and STD hotline at 800.551.2728.

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