The public is invited to commemorate World AIDS Day at 8:15 a.m. on
November 30, at the front entrance of the Gaston County Health Department, 991 W. Hudson
The event will include a brief musical tribute and a moment of silence in memory of lives lost to
HIV and AIDS.
"Over the past thirty years, HIV and AIDS have gone from a fearsome and deadly disease to
one that is increasingly and successfully treated. And, that makes it easy for some folks to
become complacent," said Health Director Chris Dobbins. "The reality is, AIDS is still a critical
public health threat, and we must stay focused on our goal of eliminating the spread of this
From 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Health Department staff will host a reception for the community and
perform free, confidential HIV tests at its main facility on Hudson Boulevard. Preliminary results
will be available that day, and final results will be available in two weeks.
Carolinas CARE Partnership, one of Charlotte's leading AIDS Service Organization, is offering free, confidential HIV testing in honor of World AIDS Day at various locations throughout the region.
- Friday, November 30 from 9 am - 7 pm at the Carolinas CARE Partnership Office (7510 East Independence Blvd., Suite 105, Charlotte, NC 28227)
- Saturday, December 1 from 10 am - 12 noon at New Life Fellowship, 1337 Samuel Street, Charlotte, NC 28206
- Saturday, December 1 from 10 am - 1 pm at the Siskey YMCA, 3127 Weddington Rd., Matthews, NC 28105 (in conjunction with Wingate University)
- Saturday, December 1 from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm at the Rock Worship Center, 1113 Fordham Road, Charlotte, NC 28208