Public Health Offers Free Screenings for National HIV Testing Day

Mecklenburg County Public Health will recognize National HIV Testing Day on June 27 with free screenings for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). “We are committed to supporting our community and reducing HIV,” said Dr. Chaquetta Johnson, Mecklenburg County assistant Health director of Preventive Health. “HIV continues to be a public health challenge and we want to bring attention to the services available to help our residents.”

In partnership with Novant Health, and other community partners, the screenings will be available at three Charlotte area locations. These events are open only to those seeking a screening and education. The free screenings are available on June 27 from noon to 6 p.m. at the following locations:

In 2023*, 273 new HIV diagnoses were reported in Mecklenburg County among adults and adolescents (individuals 13 years and older) at a rate of 29.4 per 100,000 (*data is preliminary).  The National HIV/AIDS Strategy and the Ending the HIV Epidemic initiatives continue to guide efforts to help reach all people who can benefit from HIV prevention and care.  

This year’s theme is “Level up your self-love: check your status”. Public Health continues to encourage community members to get screened at these non-traditional locations in the community, as well as receive educational materials, case management, linkage to Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) services and at home HIV/STD test kits.  

Outside of June 27, screenings for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections are offered around Mecklenburg County at a variety of locations with flexible hours and an appointment is not required. For more information, call Mecklenburg County Public Health at 704-432-TEST (8378) or email [email protected].

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About Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE)

The EHE initiative includes four science-based strategies that will help end the epidemic: Diagnose, Treat, Prevent, and Respond. This work includes expanding access to HIV/STI testing in nontraditional settings, increasing PrEP access for un/underinsured persons, and rapidly linking people to essential HIV care and treatment services.