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HIV Testing Campaign holds events in Wilmington

Release Date: March 24, 2009
Contact: Carol Schriber, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH – “Get Real. Get Tested,” a public health campaign to encourage people to get tested for HIV, will hold free HIV and syphilis testing events on Friday, March 27 in Wilmington.  The North Carolina Division of Public Health will sponsor the event. Co-sponsors include New Hanover County Health Department and New Hanover Community Health Center

Free testing will be available at the New Hanover County Health Department, 2029 South 17th St., from
8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday, March 27.

Free testing will also be available at the New Hanover Community Health Center, 925 North 4th St., on Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

“Outreach to our community is a vital part of the public health mission to prevent disease, promote health, protect the people in Wilmington and New Hanover County,” said New Hanover County Health Director David Rice.

"HIV is not going away; it is a reality. There is no good reason not to know your HIV status. Take the time to get tested,” said Althea Johnson, Deputy Director, New Hanover Community Health Center. “The tests offered at this event are free. Testing at some other organizations can be expensive."

This statewide HIV education and testing campaign is being conducted by the North Carolina Communicable Disease Branch of the Division of Public Health in cooperation with community-based organizations and local health departments. The goals are to test people for HIV, identify people living with HIV/AIDS who need care, and provide HIV and AIDS prevention and education messages to the general public. 

For more information and to find out where to get tested, go to www.fox50.com and click on the “Get Real Get Tested” logo.