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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 280,000 people nationwide are HIV positive and don't even know it.
Today, hundreds of people turned out to participate in National HIV testing day at places like the Chatham County Health Department, Savannah State University, and health centers My Brothaz Home, Inc. and The Phoenix House.
Just by using a cotton swab in the mouth, health officials can take tissue samples and have the results back in 20 minutes. "Early detection is key. The sooner, the better for a person to get access the testing. That way we can get them into treatment earlier, so that will prolong their life," said Mark Douglas, executive director for My Brothaz Home, Inc.
While today was National HIV testing day, you can also go to My Brothaz Home or the Phoenix House at any time and ask for a confidential HIV test. No appointments are necessary.