Get Tested at ALFA
Free testing is available daily 9-4:00 at ALFA via appointment.
What should I expect when getting tested for HIV?
Please call our testing hotline to schedule an appointment – 828 294 8505
ALFA now offers HIV, HepC, and STI testing. We also provide COVID-19 testing.
ALFA has adopted a new process for testing, due to COVID-19. When you call our testing hotline an ALFA staff person will ask a few questions to determine the type of testing you are requesting and provide you with additional information. Masks are required to be worn for all services.
Testing is the ONLY way to know your status, as individuals with HIV, Hep C or a STI are typically asymptomatic. Just because you feel fine doesn’t mean you are. The sooner you know your status, the sooner you get into medical care, the better your prognosis.
HIV testing is a quick procedure. A drop of blood is taken from a finger stick and the results are available in only 20 minutes.
HepC and syphilis testing are also provided as rapid tests. If your rapid test is reactive, you will need blood drawn for lab work to see if you have an active case. In most cases, ALFA staff can provide this service at the same visit. Results are typically available with 2 weeks.
STI tests are conducted via self-collection swabs. Results are typically available with 2 weeks.
COVID-19 testing is conducted via self collection nasal swabs. ALFA staff will guide you through this process.
Testing at ALFA is confidential, meaning test results are recorded but no one can give them out without permission of the person tested except as required by state law. This is the only option in North Carolina.
ALFA’s trained Counselor, Testing and Referral staff (CTRs) are available to assist you Monday through Friday from 9am to 4:00 pm. No identification is required to be tested. You will be given a simple demographic form to fill out along with a risk assessment to assist us in identifying your specific counseling needs for prevention and protection.