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Health Department Observes Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Feb 05, 2019

The Cumberland County Department of Public Health, in collaboration with the Cumberland County HIV Task Force, will offer free, on-the-spot HIV rapid testing in recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., in the main lobby of the Public Health Center located at 1235 Ramsey Street.

Additionally, HIV/AIDS educational materials and promotional giveaway items will be provided. Testing and items are available to all members of the community.

Between 2011 to 2015, HIV diagnoses have decreased by 20 percent amongst African-American women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“The diagnosis rates for young, African-American gay and bisexual men, ages 13 to 24 have become stable through HIV prevention efforts at the federal, state and local levels, but there is still much work to be done in our community,” said Phyllis McLymore, Public Health Educator at the Department of Public Health. 

Education, testing and knowing one’s HIV status are vital for healthy living between partners, she said. 

For more information about the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness day, visit cdc.gov/hiv/library/awareness/nbhaad.html

The Cumberland County Department of Public Health STD Clinic offers screening, diagnosis, treatment and counseling for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. HIV/AIDS testing and counseling are free. The STD clinic is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from

8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Although appointments are strongly encouraged, walk-ins are accepted. Call 910-433-3600 to make an appointment.

For more information on HIV/AIDS prevention, contact the Cumberland County Department of Public Health at 910-433-3980.