CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Free HIV testing will be available today, Friday, Sept. 27, Noon-5 p.m. at Carolinas CARE Partnership. Testing will also be held for Hepatitis C.

The free testing event comes on National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

According to Carolinas CARE Partnership, a local HIV/AIDS service organization, an estimated 652,400 gay men, bisexual men and men who have sex with men comprised a total of 57 percent of all Americans living with HIV in 2009. One year later, men who have sex with men accounted for 66 percent of all new HIV infections.

The free and confidential testing is available at the Carolinas CARE office at 7510 E. Independence Blvd. No appointments are necessary. For more information, visit or call Shannon Warren at 704-531-2467 x 14.