The HIV Test

Alamance Cares offers free, rapid HIV walk-in testing every Tuesday with no appointment needed from 10:00 am-2:00 pm and walk-in evening testing on the 3rd Thursday of every month with no appointment needed from 4:00pm – 7:00pm at the Alamance Cares office at 3025 S. Church Street  Burlington, NC. Alamance Cares also provides free Hepatitis C and Syphilis testing by appointment; appointments are necessary for Hepatitis C and Syphilis testing in order to ensure that a trained staff member is available to draw blood. To schedule an appointment outside of walk in hours or for Hepatitis C and Syphilis testing, contact us at 336-538-8111.

Oraquick: This finger stick HIV screening test provides results in 20 minutes. The chances of this test missing someone who is HIV positive is very slim; however, due to the test’s sensitivity, if the HIV test is reactive, it requires further testing with a confirmatory test or blood work to determine that it was actually HIV that the test picked up on. If your test is reactive, Alamance Cares staff will draw blood or make an appointment that day for you at the local health department for blood work to be done. Find Out More about Oraquick.

What to Expect During Testing

Upon arrival, you are escorted into a private office by an HIV counselor. After talking briefly about risk factors for HIV, the testing procedure, and concerns you may have, you will fill out forms if you want to go ahead with testing. The HIV counselor will perform a small finger stick in order to obtain a blood sample using a sample loop. The blood sample in the loop is inserted in the testing vial. A swab is then inserted into the vial containing the sample and testing liquid to produce results in 20 minutes. Results are always delivered in person, so while you are welcome to leave during the 20 minute time period that the results are developing, we ask that you return to our office at a later time for your results. You will be given written results to take home if you would like.

The HIV counselor welcomes your questions and is happy to spend as much time as needed for your testing. Typically, a testing appointment takes a total of 30 minutes.

Syphilis and Hepatitis C

We now offer appointments for free Syphilis and Hepatitis C testing; appointments are necessary for Syphilis and Hepatitis C testing to ensure a trained staff member is available to draw blood. If someone has a reactive Syphilis or Hepatitis C test we work to link them to treatment and care.


Confidential Testing

The state of North Carolina requires HIV testing to be confidential, not anonymous. This means that we are required to take down names and other identifying information of people who are tested. This identifying information can only be seen/discussed by the groups listed below. None of the agencies listed can share information with ANYONE else – this includes family members, insurance companies, and employers.

Confidential testing information is only available to:

–Alamance Cares staff
–The Central Carolina Health Network, the agency that gives us money to do our work.
–The State of North Carolina if someone tests positive.

Other states may do anonymous testing, which means they do not require identifying information, however, more and more states are moving to confidential testing because they are able to get more money for their services if they can show proof that they are testing people. Confidential testing also ensures people who test positive for any infection can be linked to care and remain healthy.


Community Testing

Currently, we offer community-wide HIV, Syphilis and Hepatitis C and testing at the following locations:

  • Universities/Colleges
  • Senior Citizens Centers
  • Homeless Persons Programs, residential and non-residential
  • Domestic Violence Survivors’ Programs
  • Health Care Institutions/Free Clinics
  • Churches
  • Corporate and State Health Fairs
  • Community Events
  • Housing Complexes/Resident’s Homes
  • Mental Health Programs, residential and non-residential
  • Substance Abuse Programs