What You Need to Know About a HIV Test

What You Need to Know About a HIV Test

 

We provide free HIV testing at Palmetto Community Care, administering more than 100 tests each month. Our services are critical in the fight against HIV. Too many people (about 1 in 5) are living with HIV and don’t know it. That means they may very likely be unknowingly spreading the disease.

 

About 50,000 people are infected with HIV each year – a number that really hasn’t changed much in the last couple of decades. So at the forefront of our fight is both prevention and testing.

It’s important for everyone who is sexually active to get a HIV test, particularly those who may have engaged in unprotected sex, been sexually assaulted, exchanged sex or money or anyone who shared drug paraphernalia such as needles and syringes. HIV doesn’t discriminate based on gender, race, sexual orientation or the size of your bank account.

Here’s what you need to know and can expect when you come to Palmetto Community Care for a HIV test:

  • We offer HIV and STD testing between 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday at our Truesdale location. Testing by appointment at Truesdale location. Contact us at 8434904229 (text) and 8032165108 (call or text) to book
  • Tests are free.
  • Tests are confidential.
  • The test itself involves a simple finger prick to take a blood sample.
  • The test is analyzed at our office and results are delivered in about 20 minutes.
  • We have staff members available to discuss your results and, even if the test is negative, to talk with you about prevention methods. Free condoms are available at our office.

The HIV test is quick, simple and painless and yet it may be the most important thing you do.

What are the benefits of HIV testing?

  • Those who are diagnosed with HIV early are more likely to respond well to treatment and live healthily for a long time.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment can reduce the likelihood of onward transmission to others.
  • Those who are diagnosed later are more likely to suffer health complications and premature death.

Come by for your free HIV test. If you have questions, call us at 843-747-2273.

Jarmel Smith

PrEP and Prevention Program Manager

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Jarmel joined the team in April 2017 to co-facilitate an intervention program called 3MV (Many Men Many Voices) for HIV-negative African-American men who sleep with men. Jarmel is also part of the Palmetto Community Care prevention team certified by the S.C. Department of Health & Environmental Control to complete HIV testing. p> “Having friends who have been diagnosed with HIV it is very important to me to be a part of the change,” he says. He’s using his role in HIV prevention to educate people in the community about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections with they hope they will use the information to protect themselves and others. Previously, Jarmel worked as a residential coordinator for people with disabilities. In his free time, he enjoyed Southern cooking and spending time with his family in Orangeburg. He also has two spoiled dogs, Omega and Cookie, who like to cuddle up with Jarmel and watch their favorite TV show, “The Golden Girls.”
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