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Washington Co. & HIV tests

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Shannon Ryan reports Fri, 10 Mar 2017 23:46:46 +0000 Washington Co. & HIV tests Shannon Ryan reports WHAG about 4 to 6 weeks. morgan: global epidemic -- it's certainly a phrase - that conjures up feelings of fear. but local people are doing their part -- to make things -- less scary -- for those feeling the effects of h-i-v and aids. whag's shannon ryan has more. << kristy lewis, washington co. health dept. case manager: "people think that they can't get it and every one of us -- you and me -- low income, high income, it touches everybodys life. anybody that's having sex can get hiv more or less. " shannon ryan, reporting: today is national womens and girls hiv/aids awarness day. in washington county, 35% of hiv/aids cases are women. kristy lewis: girls, women need to protect themselves, they need to be assertive, they need to say to a man before they have sex with them, use a condom or i won't have sex with you." ryan: the mission of the day is to empower women and girls to make the best choices when it comes to sex - -- but lewis says we should be empowering everyone to make smart decisions to protect themselves. my clients and said how do i get more people in here and they said they don't want to be found." ryan: something michael swarner, a credentialed hiv specialized pharmacist who runs a support group for those living with the disease in washington county is working to change. michael swarner, hiv pharmacist: "the cdc reccomends that everybody knows their status whether they're hiv negative or positive from ages 13-64 and we try to push that it is important through everyday medical care that you make sure that you get that test at least once in your lifetime" ryan: both swarner and lewis believe the biggest barrier for people getting tested-- is stigmatization. something they both say is ridiculous. reporting in hagerstown, shannon ryan, whag news. >> tasmin: still to come tonight

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