HIV Testing and Prevention Services available at the Buncombe County Health and Human Services STI Clinic.
The landscape of HIV and AIDS has changed significantly since the 1980s but there is still work to be done. According to US HIV statistics, about 1 of every 8 people living with HIV don’t know they have it. It is also important to note that HIV impacts people of all genders and races meaning that our entire community benefits as our understanding and response to HIV and AIDS continues to improve.
Buncombe County Health and Human Services STI clinic offers HIV testing and prevention services at low or no cost to qualifying individuals. Getting tested is essential for all sexually active people. Testing gives you baseline information about your status and will help you make educated decisions about sexual behavior during future encounters. Our staff of highly qualified doctors and nurses work with you to determine which tests are best for you, talk you through the testing process, and provide one on one education regarding your questions and concerns. Schedule your appointment at (828) 250-5000.
The Buncombe STI Clinic is also proud to provide HIV prevention medication or PrEP to individuals who qualify. PrEP is a daily medication that reduces risk of contracting HIV from sex and injection drug use. When taken as prescribed, it may reduce your risk of acquiring HIV by up to 99%. Most major health insurance plans cover the cost of PrEP visits, labs and medication. For uninsured clients, there are patient assistance programs that help provide the medications and visits at low cost or for free. Individuals who are interested in enrolling into the PrEP program at Buncombe County Health and Human Services STI clinic may call during regular business hours to make an appointment for STI testing and mention when scheduling that they are interested in PrEP.
Our community response to HIV and AIDS relies heavily on testing and prevention efforts like the ones offered at Buncombe County Health and Human Services. STI testing information provides essential information you and your partners can use to determine your sexual behaviors, reduces the chances of STI transmission, and informs potential treatment options. Getting tested regularly is recommended for all sexually active adults. Click here to learn about STI testing recommendations and choose the schedule that works best for you.
Call the Buncombe County STI Clinic at (828) 250-5000 to schedule your STI testing and PrEP evaluation appointment.