Counseling & Testing Services

Community-Based HIV Counseling and Testing

Cphoto_housingarolina CARE Partnership’s Integrated Targeted Testing Services (ITTS) Counseling, Testing and Referral Program offers FREE and CONFIDENTIAL HIV and Syphilis testing at locations throughout the greater Charlotte region, including UNC-Charlotte,¬†Livingstone College, Fifth Street Ministries, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, and the Carolinas CARE Partnership’s office on Independence Boulevard. Our goal is to identify as many previously undiagnosed people as possible and get them into medical care! Individuals living with HIV who are on medications and are considered “virally suppressed” (meaning their viral load is below 200) are 96% less likely to pass the virus on to their partners. This confirms our thinking that Treatment is Prevention! Not only will individuals on medication be healthier, but their partners will be as well!

For more information about our program, contact:
Rita Rabie, Community HIV Prevention Coordinator
ritar@carolinascare.org; 704.531.2467, ext. 9586

or

Shannon Warren, Program Director
shannonw@carolinascare.org; 704.531.2467, ext. 9581

Do you wonder if you should be tested? Take this quick quiz!
Am I At Risk?

  • Have you ever had oral, anal or vaginal sex without using a condom?
  • Has your partner ever had sex without using a condom?
  • Have you ever shared needles for using drugs, tattooing, piercing or any other reason?
  • Has your partner ever shared needles for any reason?

If you answered YES to any of these questions you could be at risk for HIV and not know it!

We recommend that all sexually active individuals get tested at least once a year!

Our calendar lists testing opportunities available now. Come get tested at one of our sites, go to your local health department, or see your doctor. Take the test and take control of your health!  

What you can expect when you get tested through the Carolinas CARE Partnership:

  • 3 forms to fill out
  • A compassionate, well-qualified HIV Health Educator who will talk to you about your own personal risk and answer any questions you have about HIV, Syphilis, testing, etc.
  • A certified, trained phlebotomist who will draw a total of one tube of blood for HIV and Syphilis testing (for conventional testing) or a trained counselor to perform your Rapid HIV Test
  • A date when you can call or meet for your results, usually 3-4 weeks after the test (for conventional testing) or your result within 15 minutes for rapid testing.

Many people are afraid of getting tested – they figure what they don’t know won’t hurt them, and there’s nothing they can do anyway if they are HIV positive!

It’s true that HIV can’t be cured, but it can be managed. And, people who find out sooner rather than later that they are infected with HIV, are much more likely to get the care and treatment they need to live longer, healthier lives.

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility HIV Counseling and Testing

The Carolina CARE Partnership’s Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Testing and Counseling Program offers FREE and CONFIDENTIAL HIV and Syphilis testing and education at treatment centers throughout the Charlotte area, including: Anuvia, McLeod Treatment Center (Mecklenburg and Gaston), McLeod Federal Halfway House, and Hope Haven.

In addition to free, confidential HIV and Hepatitis C testing, the Carolinas CARE Partnership offers assistance for HIV positive individuals to identify and access medical care.

For more information or to inquire about regular testing at a drug treatment facility in the Charlotte area, please contact:
Rebecca Garrett, Community HIV Prevention Coordinator/Linkage Coordinator
rebeccag@carolinascare.org; 704.531.2467, ext. 9579

or

Shannon Warren, Program Director
shannonw@carolinascare.org; 704.531.2467, ext. 9581