Carolinas CARE Partnership will observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Thursday by hosting several free testing events.
According to the partnership, seven people are diagnosed with HIV per week on average in Mecklenburg County, the highest rate of HIV in the state. While African-Americans represent 28 percent of the countys population, they comprise 68 percent of all new HIV cases.
Carolinas CARE works to ensure residents know their HIV status, how to protect themselves and have the means to do so and know what resources are available if diagnosed HIV-positive. Getting tested is the only way to know your HIV status.
Confidential and free HIV testing will be available:
• 12-7 p.m. Friday at Carolinas Care Partnership, 7510 E. Independence Blvd. Suite 105, Charlotte.
• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Livingstone College Student Health Center, Salisbury.
• 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Sunday at The Rock Worship Center, 4740 Randolph Road, Charlotte.
• 12:30-3 p.m. Sunday at The Rock Worship Center, 1114 Fordham Road, Charlotte
Details: Antwine Mitchell 704-531-2467 ext. 24; www.carolinascare.org.
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