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
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.