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  • About | The Alliance of AIDS Services - Carolina

    ~ Providing compassionate and nonjudgmental care for more than 30 years ~ VISION: AAS-C envisions a community free of HIV transmission – where everyone is empowered and thriving. MISSION: To improves the health of communities impacted by HIV/AIDS through compassionate and non-judgmental prevention, support services, and connection to care. ~ We are resourceful. We are resilient. We are resolute. ~ HISTORY OF CARING FINANCIAL INFORMATION 2019-2020 IMPACT REPORT The Alliance of AIDS Services - Carolina ~ For More Than 30 Years ~ The Alliance of AIDS Services - Carolina has been leading the charge to improve the health of communities impacted by HIV/AIDS through compassionate and non-judgmental prevention , care , and supportive services throughout the Triangle Region of North Carolina. ​ Embedded in the Community Our intentionally diverse staff, including bilingual team members, helps ensure that clients can find a connection no matter their background, heritage, how they identify or their primary language. We are centrally located in Raleigh (the capital of NC and the largest city in Wake County as well as the Triangle region), with our testing/care and support facility easily accessed by car and public transit. ​ Relationship building is at our core. Coupled with our staff's compassionate, non-judgmental approach, we are invited and regularly provide HIV/STI testing and resources at non-traditional locations like parks, street corners, homelessness shelters, jails, migrant farmer camps, nightclubs, substance abuse centers, and community colleges throughout central NC. ​ ​ Know Your Status, Reduce Your Risk ~ Prevention We provide free and confidential rapid and traditional HIV testing and counseling , a s well as Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Hepatitis C testing and counseling at our testing, care and support facility in Raleigh. In addition, o ur health education specialists also provide testing, condoms, lube, dams, and educational resources one-on-one, at community ev ents, and through health-education workshops/trainings for groups, organizations and faith communities. Get Connected, Get Care These Care and Support professionals also help PLWHs access housing, food, and other resources while addressing HIV stigma, disclosure, and self-advocacy issues. ​ In This Together ~ Support Our compassionate team also help PLWH with social support as well as referrals to community resources , including our C.L.E.A.R. Program and full-service pantry, the " Market P.L.A.C.E. " C hoosing L ife: E mpowerment! A ction! Results! Our C.L.E.A.R. program provides counseling and support to empower People Living with HIV (PLWH) to enjoy the healthiest life possible. We connect clients to HIV/STI treatment providers and programs, assist in navigating to PrEP , as well as finding other healthcare services and resources. ​ The Market P.L.A.C.E. is stocked with everyday staples, canned goods, and fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy, fish, and meats. We offer home delivery for our outer counties, and supplements through our Nourishment and Encouragement (N&E) program. Back to Top

  • Get Care | AAS-C

    C.L.E.A.R. - Choosing Life: Empowerment! Action! Results! C.L.E.A.R. is a FREE, short-term counseling program for people living with HIV. It is CDC- backed, evidenced-based, and promotes healthy living. Clients meet one-on-one with a counselor for about one hour, once a week, for a minimum of five sessions and a maximum of 26 sessions, depending on their specific health risks. To offset the costs of participating in C.L.E.A.R., we offer day-long bus passes for our clients to attend sessions. We also provide Walmart gift cards intermittently throughout the program. ​ Please note that C.L.E.A.R. is not a substitute for other behavioral health, mental health, or substance use programs. But, we do work very well alongside them, as we talk more specifically about living with HIV while working to improve our clients’ lives! Our counselors are also trained to refer our clients to other services they may need. The following are components of C.L.E.A.R. that clients say they enjoy: ​ Meeting with a counselor individually to talk about what’s on their mind Setting goals and having their counselor check on their progress Confidential space to discuss thoughts and feelings Practicing effective communication skills Learning more about HIV and how to stay healthy Learning effective problem solving, mindfulness, and relaxation techniques Develop confidence about disclosure and learning the right time disclose HIV status ​ For more information or to set up your first appointment! Call our C.L.E.A.R. Program at (919) 834-2437 x1005 Back to Top

  • Team | AAS-C

    Meet Our Team Melissa Haithcox-Dennis Executive Director M.haithcoxdennis@aas-c.org Alma Rodriguez Assoc. Director, Prevention alma.rodriguez@aas-c.org John Rowell Prevention Specialist/Keep It Up Coordinator John.rowell@aas-c..org Marcia Rogers Pantry Coordinator marcia.rogers@aas-c.org Stephanie Bryant Assoc. Director, Care & Support Stephanie.bryant@aas-c.org DeVaughn Gentry Asst. Director, Care & Support D.gentry@aas-c.org Christian Arreguin Prevention Specialist christian.arreguin@aas-c.org Benjamin Marks Facilities Assistant info@aas-c.org Tiffany Hickman Assoc. Director, Administration Tiffany.hickman@aas-c.org Rashard Conrad Asst. Director, Early Intervention Services Rashard.conrad@aas-c.org Sergio Benitez Zaga Prevention Specialist Sergio.benitezzaga@aas-c.org Mike Gauss Pantry Assistant/Driver mike.gauss@aas-c.org Back to Top

  • Get Tested | AAS-C

    Tested PrEPed Info & Programs! Referrals Lube Condoms & Oral Dams! Get Tested M-Th 9-4 & Fri 9-Noon in our offices Confidential HIV (rapid and traditional testing available), Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, and Hepatitis C testing. Price: FREE Community Testing Keep It Up! (KIU!) KIU! combines sexual-health education & mobile technology in 5 fun and informative videos. Email John or call 919-834-2437 to learn how to join and get up to $100 in gift cards. Price: FREE Keep It Up! Get PrEPed M-Th 9-4 & Fri 9-Noon over the phone or in our offices AAS-C can connect you to a PrEP provider regardless of your current health insurance status Price: FREE Get PrEP'd Condoms, Dams, & Lube At our offices and in the community AAS-C partners with businesses and organizations to make STI protection FREE and readily available. Price: FREE See Locations HIV & STI Testing FAQs WHO SHOULD BE TESTED FOR HIV? EVERYONE! ​ HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? All tests are administered FREE of charge for all clients. ​ DO I NEED AN APPOINTMENT? NO - we gladly accept walk-ins and offer testing at many festivals and event throughout the region. However, we know your time is valuable. So, if you would like to make an appointment, call us at 919-834-2437 . ​ WHAT WE TEST FOR: HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus): Rapid HIV Testing and Traditional HIV Testing Syphilis Chlamydia Gonorrhea Hepatitis C ​ WHAT IS THE PROCESS: A trained Prevention Specialist will ask you to fill out some brief paperwork and provide you with pre-test counseling before beginning the process of collecting specimens for testing. The specialist will then take the necessary sample -- Traditional HIV testing, Syphilis, and Hepatitis C are all tested through a blood draw. Gonorrhea and Chlamydia testing require a small urine sample. A rapid HIV test can be administered with a simple prick of your finger. ​ WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A RAPID HIV TEST AND A TRADITIONAL HIV TEST? Both rapid and traditional HIV tests detect HIV antibodies in the blood. With a traditional test, blood is drawn and sent to a lab for detailed analysis. Therefore, traditional tests are able to detect smaller amounts of the antibodies and are 99% accurate as soon as two weeks after exposure to the virus. ​ Even with a high level of accuracy when a small amount of the antibodies are detected, a confirmation test needs to be done three months after exposure, when the antibody levels are high enough to eliminate the possibility of a false positive result. Whereas a rapid test uses a smaller blood sample (from a finger prick) and less-sophisticated, onsite antibody detection techniques. This means a larger amount of antibodies need to be present to give a + result. The rapid test is only 99% accurate if conducted three months or longer after exposure. ​ HOW DO I GET MY RESULTS? Rapid HIV results are given on location no more than 20 minutes after the test is initiated. All other tests take approximately two weeks to come back from the NC State Lab. Syphilis, Hepatitis C, Gonorrhea, and Chlamydia results can be given over the phone, but for reasons of confidentiality, HIV results must be given in person. All results are only given to the individual tested unless special accommodations have been made. BUT I DON’T WANT ANYONE TO KNOW I’M GETTING TESTED…. The Alliance offers confidential testing. We do not share your information with anyone unless there is a positive test result. In the event of a positive result, the Alliance is required by law to report the information to the NC Department of Public Health in order to ensure individuals are properly linked to care. WHAT HAPPENS IF I TEST POSITIVE FOR SOMETHING? The Alliance Prevention Education Team is committed to ensuring all individuals testing positive for any STI are appropriately and expeditiously linked to care. We provide referrals to area health departments, the NC State Department of Public Health, Bridge Counseling services, Medical Case Management, and various psychosocial supports. ​ ​ Back to Top

  • VOLUNTEER | AAS-C

    VOLUNTEER Why Volunteer? Because one person can make a great difference... Volunteer Opportunities Include: ​ In the Offices / Remotely Answering Phones Administrative Tasks Technology Support Social media ambassadors ​ ​ The Taylor--Burroughs Market P.L.A.C.E. Stocking and Organizing the Pantry Preparing Food Boxes Assisting Clients ​ ​ Outreach and Testing Events Packing, Preparing, and Staffing Guest Speakers Certified Phlebotomists to Draw Blood Sign Up via the Activate Good Portal For Group Opportunities ​ Contact Stephanie at 919-834-2437 Back to Top

  • Projects

    Services AAS-C provides prevention, care, and support services throughout the greater Triangle Region, including Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Johnston, Lee, Orange, Vance, and Wake Counties. We operate a full-service pantry, the Market P.L.A.C.E., and deliver food and household supplies throughout the region. Prevention Services Prevention Services include HIV/STI testing, free condoms and lube, navigation to PrEP, at-home HIV testing, rapid HIV/STI testing, and health education. Testing hours, days, and locations. Connect to Care Care Services connect people living with HIV to medical and other healthcare providers by reducing barriers to care. We offer free bus passes and gas cards, help with making and paying for doctor visits, translation (Spanish), Ryan White and HMAP eligibility, and reconnecting to care from another state. Support Services Support services include referrals to housing, job-training, and other community resources, EBT/SNAP enrollment, and education on HIV and other health concerns, health literacy, patient-provider communication, and self-advocacy. We also offer CLEAR, a six-week empowerment and support program for PLWH. Market P.L.A.C.E. (Pantry) The Taylor-Burroughs Market P.L.A.C.E. provides a variety of perishable and non-perishable goods, personal hygiene items, baby necessities and household cleaning supplies PLWH and others in need. Back to Top

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