Health officials still recommend getting tested for HIV, Hepatitis A

Health department officials discussed HIV and Hepatitis A at a recent meeting for Walton Community Health Improvement Partnership. (WJHG/WECP)

WALTON COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Officials with the Florida department of health in Walton County say they're seeing more HIV cases, however, now that more people are being tested, the data could be skewed

That was part of the discussion at Wednesday’s Walton Community Health Improvement Partnership meeting.

Executive nursing director for the department of health in Walton County, Kathryn Barley, says it is important everyone gets tested for HIV at least once.

"Everybody should be tested, we can still pass that disease, and so if we're having unprotected sex, and we don't know our HIV status, we can unknowingly share that with someone else,” said Barley.

She also says they're vaccinating more people for hepatitis a, especially those who are drug users, in jail, or homeless.

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