Georgia has some of the highest HIV rates in the country; but treatment has never been easier

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DeMarcus Beckham performs multiple HIV tests a week.

"I've tested people in Kroger parking lots," Beckham said. "College campuses, church campuses, high schools, in back of cars."

Beckham is executive director for Bibb County-based HIV/AIDS advocacy group Reach to Impact. He's licensed through the Georgia Department of Public Health to test for HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, the virus connected to AIDS. He uses a rapid blood test that takes about five minutes. If it comes back positive, Beckham reports the result to the state and steers the client to counseling and medication.

When Beckham and others make those connections, it can help people not only live with HIV, but also slow the virus' spread.

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"It truly impacts communities that are underserved, who do not have resources," Beckham said.