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Only around half of all Americans have ever been tested for HIV, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and a survey by The Washington Post and The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation.

The CDC believes that around 13 percent of those infected with HIV are unaware of their status and that of the thousands of new cases each year, many are likely transmitted by those who do not know they are HIV-positive.

In addition to preventing transmission, testing is important so that those who test positive can begin seeking treatment as soon as possible.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services expanded HIV testing coverage in April of last year, approving a once-a -ear voluntary screening for those ages of 15-65, as well as those under 15 and over 65 if they are deemed at increased risk for contracting HIV.

HIV testing can also be obtained free of charge in many locations. Some also offer testing for other STDs as well as vaccines for hepatitis and HPV. Call for information on days, times and for information on all the services they offer. You can also visit gettested.cdc.gov to search for more testing sites in your area.

Carolinas Care Partnership
7510 E. Independence Blvd., Ste. 105, Charlotte
704-531-2467
carolinascare.org.

CMC-NorthPark Family Medicine
251 Eastway Dr., Charlotte
704-446-991
carolinashealthcare.org.

Lake Norman
Free Clinic
14230 Hunters Rd., Huntersville
704-316-6611
lnchc.org.

Mecklenburg County Health Department
Southeast Campus
249 Billingsley Rd., Charlotte
704-336-4700
charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/HealthDepartment/ClinicServices.

Mecklenburg County Health Department
Northwest Campus
2845 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte
704-336-4700
charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/HealthDepartment/ClinicServices.

Regional AIDS Interfaith Network (RAIN)
601 E. 5th St., Ste. 470, Charlotte
704-372-7246
carolinarain.org.

Rosedale Infectious Disease
103 Commerce Centre Dr. #103, Huntersville
704-948-8582
rosedaleid.com.

Quality Home Care Services Inc.
3552 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte
704-394-8968
qhcsnc.org.

Urban Ministry Center
945 N. College St., Charlotte
704-347-0278
urbanministrycenter.org.

All lists in the InFocus Charlotte section were compiled by qnotes staff. Research into finding community resources was only as good as what was available online and from other sources. Should readers find errors and wish to send corrections to the list or want to have a bar or event listed,  email qnotes with “InFocus addition” in the subject line to editor@goqnotes.com. qnotes wants to make these listings as accurate as possible to maintain integrity of the information provided.

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