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Fulton County health department offering free TB, HIV testing Monday

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The Fulton County government is offering free tuberculosis and HIV tests Monday in observance of World TB Day.

There will be informational tables, games and giveaways. Lunch will be provided to registered participants.

Tuberculosis (TB) is a leading cause of death among people with HIV, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Tuberculosis is caused by a bacterium that usually attacks the lungs, but the bacteria can attack any part of the body such as the kidney, spine and brain. TB bacteria can be spread through the air when persons come into prolonged contact with someone who has tuberculosis of the lungs or throat. If not treated properly, tuberculosis disease can be fatal.

There were 359 reported new cases of TB in Georgia in 2012, a 3.5 percent increase from 2011, according to the Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness. Half of the state's new cases were concentrated in four metro Atlanta counties: DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett and Cobb, respectively. Health department officials hope to reach and treat all persons who contract tuberculosis.

Fulton County's Communicable Disease Prevention Division is offering the free testing from 9:15 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Aldredge Health Center, located at 99 Jesse Hill, Jr. Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303.

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