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STAND Inc. urges HIV testing

3/21/2014, 2:37 p.m.

Atlanta ranks eighth among the nation’s metro areas in its ratio of HIV infections to overall population, and the Decatur-based nonprofit STAND Inc. is urging residents to get tested, bring a friend, know your status, and access early medical care if needed.

STAND has relocated its counseling, testing and referral services to its North Center Campus at 4319 Covington Drive, Suite 117. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says gay and bisexual men remain the largest risk group for HIV/AIDS. Men who have sex with men, or MSM, are now the only high-risk group for whom infection rates continue to rise unabated, especially among African-Americans and young adults ages 18-24.

While new infections have declined among both heterosexuals and injection drug users, the annual number of new HIV infections among MSM has been steadily increasing since the early 1990s, according to the CDC report.

For more information, visit http://standinc.com or call 404-288-4668.