Craven County hosts free testing event for National HIV Testing Day

(Aisha Mbowe/NewsChannel 12)

NEW BERN, Craven County - June 27 marks National HIV Testing Day, and the Craven County Health Department offered free screenings on Tuesday to mark the event.

CCHD public health education specialist Krystal Hargett said staying safe starts with protecting yourself and knowing your status.

"Get tested," she said. " We want to just bring awareness because 50 percent of the United States have never been tested."

Hargett said Craven County is considered a "high risk area" and nearby Edgecombe County has one of the highest rates of HIV-positive individuals in the entire state.