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Health Department To Host World AIDS Day Art Project

Nov 28, 2017

FAYETTEVILLE The Cumberland County Department of Public Health will sponsor an art canvas project in observance of World AIDS Day, Dec. 1 at the Public Health facility, 1235 Ramsey St, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Participants will have the opportunity to paint a 4-by-5-inch space on a blank canvas to share their thoughts and hopes about ending the HIV epidemic. The canvas, painting materials and practice canvases will be provided. Additionally, six critical thinking questions will be available to help individuals in their art expression.

The art project is being held in conjunction with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health to engage the community in an effort to develop North Carolina’s plan to end the HIV epidemic.

The completed mural-style canvas will be given to NCDHHS and will be displayed at a variety of venues.

Participants be aware of the following guidelines:

  • Children 12 and under should be supervised and understand the goal of this project. 
  • Artwork should be appropriate for public display and for all audiences.
  • Please do not change another person’s art expression.
  • We reserve the right to remove offensive language.
  • This panel is the property of the Division of Public Health and will be reproduced.
  • Participants are encouraged to express themselves in any “appropriate” way they choose and do not need to sign their work.

World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is a day dedicated to those lost to HIV/AIDS, to honor the many who work tirelessly to control the HIV/AIDS epidemic and to raise awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

The Cumberland County STD Clinic provides services to anyone interested in screening, diagnosis, treatment and counseling for sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. HIV/AIDS testing and counseling are free.

Screening, treatment and counseling for gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and other STDs are also free.

All services are confidential.

Although appointments are strongly encouraged, walk-ins will be accepted. Patients should note that wait time for walk-ins will be significantly longer. To make an appointment, call 910-433-3600.

About AIDS

Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a chronic potentially life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). By damaging your immune system, HIV interferes with your body’s ability to fight the organisms that cause disease. HIV is a sexually-transmitted infection. It can also be spread by contact with infected blood or from mother to child during pregnancy, childbirth, or breast-feeding. There is no cure for HIV/AIDS, but there are medications that can slow the progression of the disease.

According to, more than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV today, and 1 in 7 of them don’t know it. The HIV/AIDS epidemic particularly affects the southern region of the United States; 50% of all new HIV infections in 2014 were reported in southern states.

The State of North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services reported 1,399 cases of newly diagnosed HIV adults and adolescents (over 13 years old) in 2016; this is a slight increase from 2015. North Carolinians between the ages of 20-29 had the highest rates of newly diagnosed HIV in 2016, comprising 42.8 percent of the newly diagnosed population.

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 with someone at the information desk, or visit our website at Comments are welcome and can be submitted on our website at The Health Department is located at 1235 Ramsey St. in Fayetteville.