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: April 17, 2007

  Contact: Carol Schriber

HIV testing campaign holds events in Greensboro and High Point

RALEIGH – “Get Real. Get Tested.”, a public health campaign to encourage people to get tested for HIV, will hold testing events in a mobile medical van on April 20 in High Point and April 21 in Greensboro.

In High Point, free testing will be available on Friday, April 20, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. in the greenway area at the Columbia Food Market, 220 North Centennial Street.

Greensboro’s free HIV testing event will be held on Saturday, April 21, from 1 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart at 2107 Pyramids Village Boulevard, off Cone Boulevard.

Look for the medical van at both locations.

"It is very important for sexually active individuals to know whether or not they have HIV," says Merle Green, health director, Guilford County Department of Public Health. "If an individual tests positive for the virus, then we can begin to identify appropriate services for that person."

This statewide HIV education and testing campaign is being conducted by the N.C. HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch in cooperation with community-based organizations and local health departments. The goals are to test people for HIV who have never been tested before, identify people living with HIV/AIDS who need care, and provide HIV and AIDS prevention and education messages to the general public.

In 2005, 1,806 people were newly reported with HIV disease (HIV/AIDS) in the state. As of December 31, 2005, an estimated 29,500 people were living with HIV or AIDS in North Carolina, including people who did not know they were infected. Approximately 30 percent of the people newly reported each year with HIV disease are also new AIDS cases.

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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MEDIA NOTE: HIV/STD testing is confidential.

To aid you in press coverage, Holly Watkins, “Get Real. Get Tested.” campaign coordinator, and Jonathan Lucas, health educator, Guilford County Department of Public Health, will be available to meet with the media Friday, April 20, 3:00-7:00 p.m. at the at the Southside Recreation Center, 401 Taylor Avenue in High Point.

On Saturday, April 21, Holly and Jonathan will be at Guilford County Department of Public Health, 1100 E. Wendover Avenue, Greensboro, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Contact Holly Watkins directly at 919-368-5180.



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