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The Carolinas has a variety of community organizations, resources and services for those living with HIV/AIDS or those seeking to get involved in HIV/AIDS prevention, education and advocacy. In addition to these services, this year during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the following also provide novel coronavirus testing, healthcare support and other related services, in addition to vital information for prevention, as well as medical assistance for those who have been infected.

North Carolina


Western North Carolina AIDS Project
554 Fairview Rd., Asheville, NC 28803
Established in 1986.
WNCAP provides case management, prevention and education programs, outreach, HIV testing and other services throughout Western North Carolina. In addition to its main office in Asheville, the group also has offices and a presence in Franklin and Shelby.


Amity Medical Group
East Charlotte
6010 E. W.T. Harris Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28215
South Charlotte
10508 Park Rd., Suite 130
Charlotte, NC 28210
Established in 2015.
Amity Medical Group provides full-service, primary care medical treatment, as well as HIV/AIDS managed care under the direction of Dr. Richard Wynn and J. Wesley Thompson, MHS, PA, AAHIVS, DFAAPA. The practice also has an onsite pharmacy operating under the umbrella of Rx Clinic Pharmacy with Olivia Bentley, PharmD, CFts, AAHIVP as the director of clinical pharmacy services, provides free/confidential HIV testing, case management and prescribes HIV/AIDS medications. Its offices are open to the community as a part of a collaborative effort to provide care and access to agencies and services outside its doors.

Carolinas CARE Partnership
5855 Executive Center Dr., Suite 101, Charlotte, NC 28212
Established in 1990 as Regional HIV/AIDS Consortium.
Carolinas CARE Partnership provides free HIV/STD testing and counseling, mobile testing unit, housing assistance, peer training, case management and other services, prevention and education.

Dudley’s Place
103 Commerce Centre Drive, Suite 103
Huntersville, NC 28078
Established in 2019.
Dudley’s Place is an HIV non-profit housed at Rosedale Health and Wellness. The mission is to enhance the overall care of Rosedale’s HIV population. Offering a wide range of services including mental health counseling, nutrition counseling, food and toiletries assistance, support groups, peer navigation, community education, free testing and transportation services.

House of Mercy
P.O. Box 808 (304 McAuley Cir.), Belmont, NC 28012
704-825-4711 (administration)
704-825-3000 (residence)
Established in 1991.
House of Mercy provides housing and compassionate care for persons living with AIDS. In addition to room and board, House of Mercy coordinates medical care and therapies plus a variety of supplemental services to enhance the physical, emotional and spiritual lives of its residents.

Mecklenburg County Department of Health
249 Billingsley Rd., Charlotte, NC 28211
704-432-TEST (8378)
Provides testing, case management, awareness, education and other services at various locations, events and times throughout the county and year.

The PowerHouse Project
1420 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, NC 28216
Established in 2005 under Quality Home Care Services umbrella.
The PowerHouse Project is a drop-in center and safe space for Black and Latino gay or bisexual men or men who have sex with men. The group offers a computer lab, weekly empowerment programs and workshops, retreats for men over 25 years old, social events, monthly discussion groups for men 18-29 years old and free and confidential HIV testing, which is always available during hours of operation. The PowerHouse Project is a program of Quality Home Care Services.

Quality Home Care Services
3552 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte, NC 28216
Established in 1992.
Quality Home Care Services provides a variety of services for those living with HIV including case management, HIV/AIDS prevention programs and testing, substance abuse treatment, community-based rehabilitation services for those with mental development disabilities and other services.

601 E. 5th Street, Suite 470, Charlotte, NC 28202
Established in 1992.
RAIN engages the community to transform lives and promote respect and dignity for all people touched by HIV through compassionate care, education and leadership development. Services include CARE Management, Peer2Peer support and outreach, support groups for youth, faith-based training, chaplain services and caring volunteers who provide practical support to persons living with HIV and AIDS. RAIN also provides HIV awareness and prevention education programs to thousands of people each year and is the only HIV non-profit in the Charlotte metropolitan area providing direct client services.

RAO Community Health
321 W. 11th St., Charlotte, NC 28202
Established in 2017.
RAO Community Health is a non-profit committed to providing awareness, support, and services for those living with HIV/AIDS and other health disparities; along with providing prevention and education for those looking to protect their sexual health. Some of the services and programs include: PrEP program, support group for those living with HIV, and educational training for volunteers. RAO also provides housing assistance and toiletry pantry services for those in need with HIV.

Rosedale Health and Wellness
103 Commerce Centre Dr., Suite 103, Huntersville, NC 28078
Established in 2006.
Rosedale Health and Wellness is a full-service HIV/infectious diseases clinic that offers a variety of medical services. Staff, under the direction of Dr. Frederick Cruickshank, work closely with medical case management organizations and engage in clinical trials, among other services. It houses a Walgreen’s Specialty Pharmacy to support the needs of its clients and patients.


(Pitt County AIDS Service Organization)
3219 Landmark St. Suite 1B, Greenville NC, 27834
Established in 1991.
Starting as a grassroots organization focused on supporting those living with HIV/AIDS, providing buddy programs, nutritional support and healthcare advocacy, the agency changed over the years to a case-management-focused agency working with long-term client support. Currently, the group provides HIV testing, education and advocacy and emergency funding for those living with HIV/AIDS.


Positive Wellness Alliance
400 E. Center St., Lexington, NC 27292
704 Brooktown Ave.,
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Established in 1992.
Positive Wellness Alliance is a community-based organization that provides medical case management, financial assistance, life skills management classes, support groups and housing assistance. It serves Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Iredell, Rowan, Stokes, Surry and Yadkin Counties.

Triad Health Project
801 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27406
501 W. Westwood Ave., High Point, NC 27262
Established in 1986.
Triad Health Project provides case management and other client support services, HIV testing and prevention outreach, medical, social service and legal referrals, food pantry and nutritional resources and education, support groups and education, art and exercise programs.


Alliance of AIDS Services – Carolina
1637 Old Louisburg Rd., Raleigh, NC 27604
Established in 1999.
Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina provides case management, HIV/STD testing and counseling, emergency assistance for rent and utilities, transportation assistance, housing information and referrals, mental health, substance abuse and support group resources, referrals and programs.

CAARE – The Healing Center
(Community Action Advocacy Restoration and Empowerment)
214 Broadway St., Durham, NC, 27701
Established in 1995.
CAARE – The Healing Center’s mission is to provide effective prevention and case management services to at-risk persons and their families in Durham by referring health and social resources that can alleviate isolation yet foster independence; to empower the population with preventative health education, counseling, and testing by establishing and maintaining networks and utilizing resources that address the health and social needs of the community; and to provide decent housing that is affordable to low- to moderate-income people.


New Hanover Regional Medical Center
2131 S. 17th St., Wilmington, NC 28401
Established in 1967.
New Hanover Regional Medical Center provides comprehensive care for patients of all ages and throughout each stage of HIV, from acute HIV to latency to AIDS. Satellite clinics are in Whiteville, N.C., Jacksonville, N.C. and Burgaw, N.C.


1120 Fairgrove Church Rd. S.E., Suite 28, Hickory, NC 28602
Established in 1987.
ALFA, formerly known as AIDS Leadership Foothills Area-Alliance, has provided supportive services to those infected and/or affected by HIV/AIDS. ALFA currently provides supportive and medical case management, prevention education, and outreach to a nine-county service area. ALFA’s service area consists of Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Lincoln, Watauga and Wilkes Counties.

South Carolina

Affinity Health Center
455 Lakeshore Pky., Rock Hill, SC 29730
Established in 1994 as Catawba Care Coalition.
Affinity Health Center, formerly known as Catawba Health Care, provides primary care and specialist referrals, nutritional counseling, counseling and mental healthcare/services, dental care, case management and support, HIV specialty care and HIV/STD testing. It serves York, Chester and Lancaster Counties with satellites in Clover, Fort Mill and York, S.C.

AID Upstate
13 S. Calhoun St., Greenville, SC 29601
Founded in 1987.
AID Upstate provides supportive services to people affected by HIV/AIDS in Anderson, Greenville, Oconee and Pickens Counties of South Carolina. Its medical needs are handled in partnership with New Horizon Family Health Services (Greenville, S.C.) and ANMED Infectious Disease Clinic (Anderson, S.C.).

Careteam +
100 Professional Park Dr., Conway, SC 29526
Established in 1993.
Careteam provides supportive services for individuals living with HIV, including medical care, case management, HIV testing, counseling and education, risk assessment and counseling and screening in Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties.

Palmetto Community Care
3547 Meeting Street Rd., Charleston, SC 29405
Established in 1990s.
For more than two decades, Palmetto Community Care (formerly known as Lowcountry AIDS Services) has been serving those living with HIV/AIDS in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties. It provides case management, access to medical care and housing, financial, nutritional and legal assistance along with other supportive services in the Charleston area. PCC also works to prevent the growth of the epidemic through education, media campaigns, community outreach and free, daily HIV/STD testing.

(Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services)
2638 Two Notch Rd., Suite 108, Columbia, SC 29204
Established in 1985.
Palmetto AIDS Life Support Services offers free services to individuals who have been diagnosed with or are at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, as well as providing support to its clients’ loved ones. It offers HIV testing, among other healthcare needs, along with support groups and adjunct assistance. PALSS maintains a food pantry for its clients.

Piedmont Care Inc.
Wells Fargo Building
101 N. Pine St., Suite 200, Spartanburg, SC 29302
Established in 1997.
Piedmont Care is a non-profit organization providing HIV/AIDS care, prevention and advocacy in Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union counties of South Carolina.

CareSouth Carolina/Care Innovations
201 S. Fifth St., Hartsville, SC 29551
268 Main St., Society Hill, SC 29593
Established in 1980.
CareSouth Carolina, through Care Innovations, provides comprehensive HIV/AIDS primary health care for individuals in Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, Lee and Marlboro Counties. These services are made possible through a federal Ryan White Part C grant. Patients can have a “one-stop shop” experience at CareSouth Carolina.

South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council
1813 Laurel St., Columbia, SC 28201
Established in 1994.
The South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council works to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS statewide. It provides this through community mobilization, prevention, education and advocacy, while improving the quality of life for those affected by HIV/AIDS.


AIDS Legal Project at Duke School of Law
The AIDS Legal Project provides confidential legal representation to low-income HIV-infected clients with legal problems relating to their diagnosis. Legal assistance is provided by law students under the supervision of attorneys.

Hearts Beat as One Foundation
3110 N. Davidson St., Suite #229, Charlotte, NC 28205
P.O. Box 18232, Charlotte, NC 28218
Established in 2014.
The Hearts Beat as One Foundation strives to raise funds and awareness for organizations and people based in and around the Queen City.

North Carolina AIDS Action Network
P.O. Box 25044, Raleigh, NC, 27611-5044
The North Carolina AIDS Action Network is a statewide advocacy organization fighting for the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS, their loved ones and those at risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS in North Carolina.

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
HIV/STD Prevention and Care

NC Harm Reduction Network
The North Carolina Harm Reduction Network is a statewide grassroots advocacy, resource development and coalition-building organization that provides direct services for a variety of issues, including drug use, sex work, immigration issues, genders, sexually-transmitted diseases and HIV.

Planned Parenthood
Various locations
Planned Parenthood’s various locations across the state provide safer sex education and information and HIV testing.

South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
HIV/STD Education and Prevention


ADAP Advocacy Association

Centers for Disease Control

Government AIDS Resources

Help Stop the Virus

Health Resources & Services Administration
Ryan White & Global HIV/AIDS Programs

National Institute of Health

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