HIV Testing Campaign Holds Events in Raleigh and Durham
"Get Real. Get Tested.", a public health campaign to encourage people to get tested for HIV, will hold testing events on Feb. 8 in Raleigh and Feb. 9 in Durham.
In Raleigh, free testing will be available on Thursday, Feb. 8, in three locations:
- Deer-Rob Plaza, 717 East Martin Street from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m.;
- HIV Clinic A, Wake County Health Department, 10 Sunnybrook Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; and
- Clinic E, Wake County Health Department, 10 Sunnybrook Road, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
In Durham, in recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), there will be a step show at the Community Family Life Center at Lyon Park on Friday, Feb. 9, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. The step show will feature teams from local collegiate and graduate fraternities, sororities, churches and schools. Each team will incorporate a theme of getting tested for HIV.
Durham's free HIV testing events on Friday will take place at five locations:
- Durham Rescue Mission, 1201 East Main Street, from 9 a.m. until noon;
- Urban Ministries, 410 Liberty Street, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.;
- Community Family Life Center at Lyon Park, 1313 Halley Street, from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m.; and
- Durham County Health Department, 414 E. Main St., 8:30 a.m.- 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
- El Centro Hispano, 201 Main Street, Durham, from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.
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 those who may not be aware of their infection. Approximately 30 percent of the individuals newly reported each year with HIV disease also represent new AIDS cases.