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Godby High Girl's Basketball team to spread HIV/AIDS awareness at Saturday's game

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Posted at 6:01 PM, Nov 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-30 13:43:21-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Saturday is World AIDS Day and the Godby Girls Basketball Team will play Columbia High School.

The games are set for 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m and they'll have organizations at the games to help bring awareness to HIV and AIDS.

They want people to understand the importance of getting tested for HIV and AIDS.

"Sometimes they see things on the T.V., they hear things, but they don't think that it could be something that can happen to them," said Chelsea Johnson, the girl's basketball coach. "So we want to make it an issue that they recognize that, 'It can happen to me,' especially with the African-American population being so prevalent here in our backyard."

The game is open to the public and will have representatives from the Bond Community Health Center, Big Bend Cares and the Florida Department of Health.

"We see numbers increasing in younger the population in particular. We don't want anyone to contract HIV or AIDS, least of all young people who have their lives in front of them, who don't want to have to spend their lives on medication all the time," said Chris Tittel with the Florida Department of Health. "So, we really want to push that prevention messaging and it's events like this where we can reach that age group."

Rapid testing will also be available for people over 18.