HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - One Hattiesburg health services organization is stepping up its efforts to help decrease the number of new HIV infections in the African-American community.
The AIDS Services Coalition hosted a first-ever health fair Friday at the C. E. Roy Community Center in recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
The event, co-hosted by the Mississippi State Dept. of Health, featured free HIV and diabetes testing, along with free blood pressure checks.
"All of those things are critical to just making sure you're healthy in general," said Kathy Garner, executive director of the AIDS Services Coalition. "And that's what we're trying to do is normalize HIV testing, that it's all part of being healthy to get tested for HIV regularly," she said.
The event also featured information on smoking cessation.