June 15, 2005
NATIONAL HIV/SYPHILIS TESTING DAY PROMOTES
"TAKE THE TEST, TAKE CONTROL"
Charlotte, NC - The face of HIV/AIDS is changing. It is no longer a disease exclusive to the gay and drug using community. The number of heterosexual citizens in Mecklenburg County testing positive for HIV is growing. In fact, 60 percent of the clients counseled at Metrolina AIDS Project are women who contracted HIV through heterosexual contact.
That is why the Mecklenburg County Health Department, Metrolina AIDS Project, Brother 2 Brother, Syphilis Elimination Project, and other partners are teaming up for
National HIV Testing Day on Monday, June 27, 2005. Throughout the day, sites across Mecklenburg County will offer free testing for HIV and syphilis. Citizens are urged to "take the test and take control," especially if they have ever had any other sexually transmitted disease.
"The problem of HIV in Mecklenburg County is becoming more complex, requiring multiple strategies to reduce its incidence and impact," said Mecklenburg County Medical Director Dr. Stephen Keener. "National Testing Day allows people a convenient way to get tested and promotes safe practices to avoid contracting STD’s and HIV."
Free and confidential testing will take place on
June 27 at the following Mecklenburg County locations and times:
- CMC Northpark Medical Center 251 Eastway Drive 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
- Community Health Services 601 East Fifth Street, Suite 140 3 p.m. - 8 p.m.
- Metrolina AIDS Project 127 Scaleybark Road 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
- Mecklenburg County Health Dept. 2845 Beatties Ford Road 8 a.m. - Noon, and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
- Antioch Baptist Church 232 Skyland Avenue 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
For more information, call Metrolina AIDS Project at 704-602-2414 or the Syphilis Elimination Project at 704-432-TEST. To learn more about the Mecklenburg County Health Department, HIV/AIDS or syphilis, visit the Web site