Every 9 ½ minutes…

This is how often someone in the US is infected with HIV.  Every 9 ½ minutes – that’s over 150 people a day!  Teens are affected by HIV, too.  In 2009, an estimated 8,294 young people between the ages of 13 and 24 were diagnosed with an HIV infection.

How is HIV passed from one person to another?  There are 4 ways: through blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk.  This means having unprotected sexual contact with someone who is HIV positive, sharing needles or other drug works with someone who is HIV positive, and a mother who is HIV positive breastfeeding her baby are all ways that HIV can be transmitted.  Someone CANNOT transmit HIV trough causal contact like hugging, touching, closed mouth kissing, sharing the same bathroom or water fountain, using the same eating utensils or being in the same room with someone who is HIV positive.

Anyone can get HIV – no matter your age, race, sex, or sexual orientation.  The only way to know your status is to GET TESTED!

FREE HIV Testing is available everyday to teens at Teen Matters.

On Monday, January 23rd, from 8:00am – 6:30pm, the Elbert County Health Department is having FREE HIV testingNo needles!  Get results in only 20 minutes.  All ages welcome.  For more information call 706-283-3775 ext 226 or text 706-988-5183.

Elbert County Health Department
618 Jones Street
Elberton, GA 30635