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Posted on: November 30, 2023

Media Release General Health Information – November 30th

World AIDS Day 

Rowan County Public Health (RCPH) joins the global community in observance of World AIDS Day, an annual event dedicated to raising awareness about HIV/AIDS. This year’s theme for HIV.gov is “World AIDS Day 35: Remember and Commit,” serving as a reminder of the global struggle to end HIV-related stigma, honor those we have lost, and commit to working toward a day when HIV is no longer a public health threat. 

 

In Rowan County there was an increase of HIV diagnoses from 13 diagnoses in 2021 to 19 diagnoses in 2022. RCPH is committed to helping end the HIV epidemic and will be partnering with Livingstone College again this Friday, December 1st, 2023, for their World AIDS Day event. RCPH has donated red ribbons to honor those lives lost to HIV/AIDS and will be having conversations with students about HIV/AIDS to educate and reduce stigma. The event will then be followed by a testing event to encourage students to test for HIV, know their status, and reduce the stigma around the disease.  

 

RCPH encourages the public to take proactive steps in their own health and well-being. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. People with certain risk factors should get tested at least once a year for HIV. 

 

To schedule a free or low-cost HIV test or determine your risk factors call us to schedule an appointment 704-216-8782 or visit us in person at 1811 E. Innes St. Salisbury, NC 28146. 

 

 

Contact: 

Courtney Meece 

(704) 216-8818 

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