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Yes! We offer free condoms at our office five days a week. We always offer them during a testing session, but you do not need to get a test in order to receive free condoms. Simply come to our office during normal business hours and ask for them at the front desk. We have a variety of condoms including latex-free, extra-large, snug, and female condoms. We also have free water- and silicone-based lubricant.
A positive result on a rapid HIV test is known as a “preliminary positive” because only a doctor can make a formal diagnosis after a full blood draw confirmatory test. When an individual tests preliminary positive at Palmetto Community Care, we run a second rapid test (using a different brand of test) to ensure accuracy. If the second test also reads preliminary positive, we conduct a blood draw for confirmatory testing. Afterward, we link the individual with one of our peers as well as with our case managers to discuss services and eligibility. Know that if you do test positive, you have the support of the entire Palmetto Community Care team. We have been working in HIV care for more than 25 years, so know you are in good hands.
The Uni-Gold Rapid HIV test provides results in 10 minutes. Samples for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis are sent to the lab for processing – these results are generally available after 5-7 business days. You will be contacted via phone by a member of the prevention team to discuss these results.
Our office uses the Uni-Gold Recombigen HIV-1/2 test.
Testing session length varies based on a lot of different factors, but, in general, a testing session lasts approximately 20-30 minutes. That time includes introductions and paperwork, sexual history survey, the test, sexual risk reduction plans, and any other questions you may have.
It may not always be the most comfortable topic, but during the testing session, our testers/counselors will ask about your recent sexual activity. We ask these questions so we can accurately assess your risk factors and provide the most tailored, helpful educational materials and risk-reduction strategies.
During the testing session, one of our testers/counselors will start by gathering basic demographic information from you. Then the tester will conduct a sexual risk survey, which includes questions about recent sexual activity. Next, the tester will perform a finger stick and collect a small sample of your blood for the HIV test. A urine sample may be collected if you decide to do a chlamydia/gonorrhea screening and a blood draw may be performed if you are screened for syphilis. While your HIV test is processing, the test/counselor will discuss risk-reduction strategies and offer to answer any of your questions or concerns. The tester will then provide you with your HIV test result. The tester/counselor also will offer you free condoms/lube before you leave.
Nothing, just bring yourself and maybe a friend. We do not need insurance cards, ID cards, etc.
This one is a little tricky because everyone’s body is different. In regards to HIV, we use a third-generation antibody test. It can take up to 3 months from the time of exposure for HIV antibodies to form. The time from infection until these antibodies form is known as the “window period.” We recommend you come in to test as soon as you’re ready so we can assess the situation and make recommendations for follow-up testing – just know that it may take up to 3 months to clear your window period. In regards to STIs, the situation is similar. Come test when you feel ready, so we can assess and make recommendations.
Of course! Our prevention team is here to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have. Just call our office at 843-747-2273 and ask for a member of the prevention team, and we will help you to the best of our ability!
Give us a call at 843-747-2273 and ask to speak with a member of the prevention team. Depending on the situation, we may be able to make arrangements to schedule a test outside normal testing hours.
Our regular testing hours are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Testing is currently by appointment on a regular schedule at our Rivers Ave office. Contact us at 843 490 4299 (text) and 803 216 5108 (call or text) to book.
Nothing! We offer all our HIV and STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) testing completely free of charge.
We offer free, rapid HIV testing as well as screenings for chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis (syphilis testing offered for gay men only). At this time, we do not test for herpes or genital warts.
PCC is growing! We’re transitioning testing and prevention to a new space at Truesdale Medical Center, 6296 Rivers Avenue, Unit 310, North Charleston, SC 29406
We’ll continue offering limited testing to clients who visit our Meeting Street administrative and case management offices. All tests must be booked in advance.
Our Meeting Street office is located at 3547 Meeting Street Road, North Charleston, SC 29405. We are located just steps from the CARTA bus line about a quarter mile from the intersection of Dorchester Road and Meeting Street Road.
Yes. Palmetto Community Care now offers PrEP. To learn more, visit our PrEP page.