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Published: Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 16:41 PM.

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HIV testing

Dec. 1st was World Aids Day, and during the month of December, the Pender County Health Department encourages the public to take advantage of free HIV testing available all year round, Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

 In Pender County, there are 30 people living with AIDS, and 56 people who have tested HIV positive. Treatment for HIV infection has come a long way. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) can’t cure HIV, but anti-HIV medications help people infected with HIV live longer, healthier lives and prevent the virus from multiplying and damaging the immune system. World Aids Day highlights the need for continued research to search for a cure for HIV with a purpose of “getting to Zero.”

Call the Pender County Health Department at 910-259-1230 for free and confidential HIV testing and counseling to prevent HIV infection, as well as other STDs.


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