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  • County Observes Women HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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    March 10, 2021
    County Observes Women HIV/AIDS Awareness Day


    FAYETTEVILLE – Today, the Cumberland County Department of Public Health joins the nationwide observance of National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day by reminding women that prevention is possible; testing is available; and support for women living with HIV and AIDS is encouraged.
     
    Each year on March 10 national organizations come together to show support for women and girls living with HIV and AIDS. National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day sheds light on the impact of living with HIV and AIDS and educates and empowers women and girls to protect themselves so they can lead a physically and mentally healthy life.
    Of the estimated 36,400 new HIV infections across the nation in 2018, the most recent year for which the Centers for Disease Control has data, approximately 6,700 infections (18%) were among women. Black women continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV, accounting for 57% of new HIV infections in 2018.
     
    The Health Department encourages residents to get tested, promote HIV prevention and combat stigma associated with HIV. Free HIV and STD testing is available at the Health Department at 1235 Ramsey St. Condoms and educational resources are also available.
     
    Due to COVID-19, all clinical services require an appointment. Adults can be seen in the STD Clinic and young people ages 12 to 19 can be seen in the Teen Wellness Clinic. Some same day and telehealth appointments may be available. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
     
    To make an appointment, call 910-433-3600 or email clinicalappointments@co.cumberland.nc.us and include name and phone number in the email.
     
    Go to www.cdc.gov/hiv/library/awareness/nwghaad.html for more information about Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
     
    For more information about the Cumberland County Health Department, go to
    www.co.cumberland.nc.us/departments/public-health-group/public-health.
     
    If you would like more information about the Cumberland County Department of Public Health’s programs and services, health-related data, or community resources, please call 910-433-3600 or visit our website at co.cumberland.nc.us/health. Comments are welcome and can be submitted on our website at co.cumberland.nc.us/feedback. The Health Department is located at 1235 Ramsey St. in Fayetteville.

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    Contact:
    Tamara Morris, Health Educator II
    tmorris@co.cumberland.nc.us, 910-433-3891