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Statewide HIV testing campaign holds event in Kinston

“Get Real Get Tested” to partner with Kinston Community Health Center

Release Date: August 13, 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 offer free HIV and syphilis tests in Kinston during the “Promoting Healthy Living Among Farm Workers” health fair on Sunday, Aug. 16. The event is sponsored by Kinston Community Health Center and Lenoir County Health Department.

The health fair and testing will take place at Barnett Park, 3700 Sand Clay Road, Kinston. Free HIV and syphilis testing will be available at the “Get Real Get Tested” tent from 12 noon until 4 p.m. Sunday.

“Get Real. Get Tested.” is a statewide HIV education and testing campaign conducted by the North Carolina 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. 

Over 33,000 North Carolinians are infected with HIV disease. Up to one-third of them may not know that they are HIV positive. Early detection can save lives.

The goals of the “Get Real. Get Tested.” campaign 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.getrealgettested.com