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New Hanover Co. conducts testing on World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day event in the Creekwood community. (Source:WECT) World AIDS Day event in the Creekwood community. (Source:WECT)
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) -

World AIDS Day is an opportunity to bring people together to fight HIV, support people living with it and to remember those who have passed away from the disease.

The New Hanover County Health Department took part in the day by testing people in the Creekwood community for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis C.

 According to the health department numbers for HIV and syphilis are on the rise. There are currently 626 people in the county living with HIV and those people have all been tested and know their status.

Opioid, heroin and IV drug use are some of the main reasons as to why we have seen an increase in the diseases within our area.

 "We strongly encourage anyone to get a blood test done. Now through our outreach program and at the health department we do our own blood draw test. And that is more accurate because it is sent to the state lab and is tested twice," said Richelle Fonville an outreach educator with New Hanover County Health Department.

 The New Hanover County health department does testing all year. HIV, gonorrhea and syphilis testing is free for the public at the health department.

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