awarenesshivtestingIn recognition of National HIV Testing Day, Catawba Care (CC) will be hosting a free event from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, June 27 at 500 Lakeshore Pky. in Rock Hill, S.C. The organization will be offering free HIV, gonorrhea and chlamydia testing to anyone. Those who are tested will receive a free gift and the group plans on also having free food, drinks and educational games.

The community event will commemorate National HIV Testing Day, a national mobilization effort designed to encourage everyone to take the test, take control and get tested for HIV. This national awareness day was developed because of the growing number of new HIV infections in rural communities, communities of color and other groups.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV — and nearly one in six of those are not aware that they are infected. Each year over 50,000 people continue to become infected with HIV.

Catawba Care is a United Way funded, not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote optimal health by providing medical care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS and by educating the community to prevent the spread of HIV. For more information about Catawba Care, visit catawbacare.org or call 803-909-6363 (ext 234).

Free testing will also be available on June 27 from Carolinas CARE Partnership. Walk-in testing is available that day from noon-5 p.m., with no appointment needed, at Carolians CARE Partnership’s office at 7510 East Independence Blvd., Suite 105. For more information, call Antwine at 704-531-2467.

In Asheville, free testing will be available courtesy of WNCAP at the Deaverview Apartments, 275 Deaverview Rd. For questions, call Cameron at 828-252-7489, ext. 321.

Golf tourney benefits ALFA

The Second Annual Red Ribbon Classic Golf Tournament will be held on June 27, 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Rock Barn Golf & Spa, 3791 Club House Dr. NE in Conover. The event raises awareness and funds benefiting ALFA’s mission to improve the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDS in the Hickory and Catawba Valley areas.

Single players can enter the tournament for $60, with teams of four entering at $240. A hole sponsorship is $200 and includes two golf tickets, signage at your assigned hole, recognition at the awards luncheon and a sponsor recognition plaque.

For more information on the event and to register, visit redribbonclassic.com.

Holly Haven rededicated

AIDS Care Service of Winston-Salem will hold a rededication of Holly Haven, a family care home for those suffering from advanced HIV disease, on June 25, 5-8 p.m., at 127 Poplar St. S. The group will also celebrate Holly Haven’s 15th anniversary. For more information or to RSVP, call 336-777-0116 or email rmeder@aidscareservice.org.