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Duke University presenter shares HIV-AIDS information at HCC

HCC Early Childhood Education instructors and students hosted an HIV-AIDS presentation on campus, Oct. 29. The presenter was Mary McLees-Lane MSW, ACSW of Duke University Medical Center - Pediatric Infectious Diseases.


McLees-Lane presented the latest information on HIV-AIDS. She also reviewed basic facts about the disease, transmission, prevention, testing, and locations for testing. She took questions during the presentation. 


According to McLees-Lane, Halifax County ranked number 35 statewide in 2007 in terms of HIV disease, which is relatively high for the county’s population. About half of all new HIV infections in the U.S. occur in those under 25. In North Carolina, the African American and Hispanic populations are disproportionately affected. Also, at least 25 percent of new HIV cases in the state come from rural areas each year.


“Get tested if you don’t know your partner’s status,” stressed McLees-Lane.



Mary McLees-Lane