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HIV/STD Testing

To prevent and control HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, the North Carolina Communicable Disease Branch supports confidential free testing and treatment in many diverse settings, including community-based organizations (CBOs) and correctional facilities, as well as in local health departments. Find your local health department. External link

Integrated Targeted Testing Services (ITTS) Project

The North Carolina ITTS projects provide HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and hepatitis C testing in areas frequented by persons at high risk.  These projects also ensure that clients testing positive are successfully linked with medical care and other services by providing active follow-up and referrals to local providers and/or Patient Management Networks for HIV Care coordinators.  These providers/coordinators make calls to providers, arrange transportation and/or provide other support.  ITTS projects reach men who have sex with men, racial and ethnic minorities, people living with HIV/AIDS that are unaware of their status, as well as other at-risk populations.  Testing is offered in community settings or at fixed testing sites including homeless shelters, jails, drug treatment centers, migrant health centers, nightclubs and colleges.  ITTS projects provide services at hours and locations that are accessible to persons at highest risk for HIV, and help to identify persons who are unaware of their HIV status and actively facilitate getting them into treatment and prevention services. Find Agencies Offering Testing in Community Sites (PDF, 35KB).

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HIV Rapid Testing Program

The Rapid Testing Program was designed to increase the number of high-risk individuals being tested for HIV and to disclose preliminary test results to individuals who might not return for a traditional blood test result. Rapid tests can be processed in 10-20 minutes, making it possible to provide HIV education, preliminary HIV test results, and linkage to care in the same day. The Rapid Testing Program is supported by both state and federal funds. The N.C. Communicable Disease Branch provides free rapid-test kits to CBOs, local health departments, federally qualified health centers, and universities to conduct confidential HIV testing in both clinical and non-clinical settings.

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HIV Counseling and Testing in Substance Abuse Centers

Confidential HIV/STD counseling and testing in substance abuse centers across North Carolina is supported through funds from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). The N.C. Communicable Disease Branch provides funds for CBOs and local health departments to conduct HIV/STD testing in substance abuse facilities.

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Department of Corrections and Jail Screening Programs

The N.C. Division of Public Health has partnered with the N.C. Department of Corrections to ensure that all inmates receive HIV opt-out testing at intake into the state's prison system. This testing began in the fall of 2008. Since then, over 20,000 inmates have been tested annually through the program. The N.C. Communicable Disease Branch conducted training for Corrections nursing staff to aid them in the switch from risk-based testing to routine HIV testing.

The Communicable Disease Branch receives CDC funds for HIV and STD testing in jails. Those funds go to community-based organizations (CBOs) and local health departments to provide testing for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and hepatitis C in selected jails throughout the state.

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Community Health Center Testing Program

The Communicable Disease Branch supports routine, confidential HIV testing in federally qualified community health centers across the state and provides them with training, technical assistance and free HIV rapid test kits.

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Hospital Emergency Department Testing Program

The Branch financially supports HIV testing in four hospital emergency rooms in the state. Two of these sites – UNC-CH and Wake Med – conduct HIV risk-based testing, and two – Duke Medical Center and Durham Regional – conduct routine HIV testing. The Branch also provides technical assistance and training to other hospitals throughout North Carolina to make them aware of the need for such testing in their emergency departments.

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