HIV rate drops in Edgecombe County


From Contributed Reports

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Edgecombe County’s HIV rate has fallen from highest in the state to third highest in North Carolina.

Every year the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services generates an annual report documenting the rates of several communicable diseases by county for the state. The cause of this drop could be attributed to a number of factors, ranging from the increased awareness of HIV/STDs, community outreach and educational programs and the various testing programs that the Edgecombe County Health Department conducts while partnering with other agencies including: Edgecombe County Detention Center, Vidant Edgecombe Hospital, and various local churches and community organizations. Also the implementation of an HIV/STD taskforce.

“While this improvement in our HIV rate is great, there’s still plenty of work to do,” stated Karen Lachapelle, County Health Director. “Our Health Department has been work diligently to address the high rates of HIV and STD in our county. It looks like our hard work is making a difference. “

The Centers for Disease Control recommends that anyone sexually active get tested for HIV at least once a year. HIV/STD testing is offered at the Edgecombe County Health Department Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at no cost. Call 252-641-7591 for an appointment.

Edgecombe County also has an HIV/STD Taskforce that provides community outreach and educational sessions at special events. This taskforce meets every third Tuesday at 12:30 pm at the Edgecombe County Health Department. If you would like for someone from the Taskforce to come speak at your group, please call Glenn Filkins, Health Educator at 641-7530. Also Edgecombe County Health Department will attend any community event and provide HIV screenings. If you would like to join the HIV/STD Taskforce please call 641-7530.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in having an educational or testing event, please contact Glenn Filkins at 252-641-7530 for scheduling.