All About HIV/AIDS and STI Prevention
Triad Health Project provides STI and HIV education programs, presentations, and literature to the community.
What Is HIV?
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is the virus that causes AIDS. It breaks down your body’s immune system. Your immune system protects you against diseases. HIV is a virus that lives in blood, semen, breast milk and vaginal fluids.
What Is AIDS?
AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is the stage where HIV has severely damaged the immune system, leaving the body vulnerable for more infectious diseases.
A person who is HIV+, who is successfully taking their prescribed mediation cannot infect another person once the amount of virus in their body is undetectable. Early detection and early treatment is key for not only the individual, but also for public health.
Quite often, people with HIV have no signs at all. Sometimes HIV shows signs a lot like the flu. The signs may be similar to and mistaken for other diseases. The difference with HIV is, the signs don’t go away, or keep coming back. If you have any of these signs, and they last several weeks or more, see your doctor.
Free, confidential testing for HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections is provided at the Triad Health Project Greensboro office every Monday evening (except holidays) from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.We also offer Walk-In-Wednesdays from 1pm – 3pm.
Testing for HIV and Syphilis is performed only as a blood test by drawing a small sample to be sent to a laboratory. Testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea is done through a small urine analysis. Results will be available in 2 weeks from the time of the testing and can be picked up in person at Triad Health Project in Greensboro.
You can pick up your results:
Bring your testing return card and your photo I.D., and one of our trained staff will provide your testing results, answer your questions, and connect you with treatment if you need it. We also have free condoms and lube samples available—just ask!
Triad Health Project’s Greensboro Location:
801 Summit Avenue, Greensboro, NC
The testing process will take about 15 minutes. Once paperwork is completed, you will sit and talk with a counselor who will ask you questions about your risk of getting HIV and STI’s. Afterwards, a small sample of blood is drawn to be tested for the HIV and Syphilis testing. You will provide a small urine analysis for the chlamydia and gonorrhea testing.
What does a positive or negative result mean?
A positive result means that the test found antibodies and viral RNA in your blood and that you are infected with HIV.
A negative result means that at the time of the test, no antibodies or viral RNA from HIV were found in your blood. However, a “false negative” test is possible in the event that a person tests too soon after an exposure to HIV, and the virus has not yet replicated in the bloodstream in a sufficient quantity to be picked up by a test. It takes an average of ten days after exposure for there to be enough virus in the bloodstream to be detected by a viral RNA test.
Sexually Transmitted Infections, or “STI’s” such as Syphilis, Herpes Simplex Virus, Chlamydia, or Gonorrhea are diseases you can get from having unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex.