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Free HIV testing
      #18757 - 06/27/01 08:08 PM

In observance of the seventh annual National HIV Testing Day, free screenings will be
provided today in metro Atlanta and across the country. Launched by the National
Association of People with AIDS in 1995, the testing campaign is a national effort
aimed at raising awareness about the epidemic and encouraging people to get tested for

"This is an opportunity to talk about HIV testing in all of our communities, take away the
fear and mystery about testing," said Terje Anderson, the association's executive
director. "Barriers to testing such as being unaware of risk, fear of the test results, lack
of access to care and treatment, and the stigma of being HIV-positive stop people from
getting tested."

The CDC estimates that as many as 300,000 Americans may be infected with the virus
and do not know it. Log on to or call the CDC National STD and
AIDS Hotline at 1-800-342-AIDS for testing, counseling and treatment information.

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