The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rank Columbus 21st in the nation for HIV infection.
Young people, between the ages of 13 and 24, account for 25 percent of new infections.
The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force now recommends routine testing for all Americans 15 to 65, as well as for all pregnant women.
The Stonewall Center in the Short North offered free testing on Saturday, World AIDS Day.
Coordinators said that the strongest weapon in the battle against HIV and AIDS is information.
“We know how to stop people from getting HIV,” said Dwayne Steward of the AIDS Resource Center. “We know how to treat HIV. It’s now just about getting the message out there and making sure people have access to care and making sure they have access to treatments and medication.”
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