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North Carolina: New Hanover in State's Top 10 List for HIV and AIDS

January 3, 2013

New Hanover County Health Department began offering HIV screening to county jail inmates in February 2012. Participation was limited to five to seven individuals each month until October, when the health department offered a new pair of socks as an incentive for testing. In the first month of the giveaway program, 78 inmates signed up to be tested for HIV/AIDS.

Hanover County had 584 HIV-infected residents in 2011, reported Caree Varughese, HIV/STD outreach coordinator for the health department. The county ranked seventh in the state of North Carolina for new cases of HIV and syphilis. Varughese stated it is likely that 15 to 20 percent of HIV-infected people do not know their status.

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