Michael F. Easley
Governor

The Great Seal of the State of North Carolina Carmen Hooker Odom
Secretary

North Carolina
Department of Health and Human Services

For Release: IMMEDIATE
Date: February 26, 2007

  Contact: Carol Schriber

“Get Real. Get Tested.” campaign comes to Charlotte Feb. 28

RALEIGH – “Get Real.Get Tested.”, a statewide campaign designed to encourage North Carolinians to get educated about and get tested for HIV and AIDS, will begin airing public service and educational announcements on Charlotte-area TV stations WJZY and WMYT on Feb. 28.

The TV spots give people fast facts about HIV/AIDS and getting tested, and a new toll-free phone number, 1-888-HIV4REAL.

An estimated 29,500 North Carolinians are infected with HIV. Many of those don’t know that they are infected. The North Carolina Division of Public Health and FOX 50 (WRAZ/Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc.) have partnered to create this campaign in response to the rising number of HIV cases being reported in North Carolina—1,806 new cases last year alone.

“We’re excited to be working with WJZY and WMYT on this project,” said Evelyn Foust, State AIDS Director. “We want everyone to know their HIV status, know their partner’s HIV status, and get tested.”

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.

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