Piedmont Care's COVID-19 Response
Piedmont Care Closely Monitoring Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Although much remains unknown about COVID-19, Piedmont Care is committed to keeping our clients informed, and we’ll continue to monitor the situation to provide the most up to date information as it becomes available. We will work with and follow all guidance and protocols issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), state and local public health departments regarding Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19.
We urge you to continue to take basic, common sense precautions to lower your risk such as frequent hand washing and staying home if you’re sick. For a complete list of prevention measures click here.
Remember to stay in contact with your health care providers and let them know if you have questions or concerns, especially if you have new symptoms or were recently exposed to someone who is ill.
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Face Masks Required
For your safety and ours, face masks are required when visiting Piedmont Care. We also ask that you practice social distancing and follow all state and local regulations while in our offices.
Piedmont Care Announces Self-Administered HIV Testing
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tracey L. Jackson at (864) 274-4178
PIEDMONT CARE INTRODUCES AT-HOME HIV TESTING PROGRAM
HIV testing is key to controlling the spread of HIV. If people cannot get to a medical care provider or community-based organization for HIV testing, Piedmont Care is offering an FDA-approved at-home, self-administered HIV testing option. The CDC is recommending that community-based organizations, like Piedmont Care, consider at-home, self-administered HIV testing as an additional strategy to reach those most affected by HIV, since traditional HIV testing services may be interrupted due to the COVID-19 response.
The at-home HIV test requires no blood and offers results in 20 minutes. People qualifying for the at-home testing option will also have access to a 24/7 call center and video guide to get answers quickly.
The Piedmont Care team will also provide:
- Linkage to care services for people living with HIV
- Follow-up planning and resources
- Condoms and other HIV prevention tools
According to the CDC, an estimated 250,000 Americans are unaware of their HIV infection. Piedmont Care’s at-home HIV testing program is part of the national Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America (EHE) campaign. This cross-agency initiative leverages critical scientific advances in HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and outbreak response by coordinating the highly successful programs, resources, and infrastructure of many HHS agencies and offices. South Carolina is targeted as one of 7 states that have a substantial rural HIV burden – with over 75 cases and 10% or more of their diagnoses in rural areas.
This is a great time to introduce at-home HIV testing to our community. Due to COVID-19, people at risk for HIV infection may be wary of visiting HIV testing locations. The traditional public health care system may be stretched to the limit during this pandemic. The at-home HIV test option helps Piedmont Care continue to address the urgent need for HIV testing and treatment in our community while being responsive to both community and public health needs – Tracey L. Jackson, Executive Director
The Piedmont Care at-home HIV testing program is supported by your donations. The pilot program is supported by the Kaiser Family Foundation, Walgreens, and the Mary Black Foundation.
Piedmont Care is the nonprofit organization providing HIV and AIDS care, prevention, and advocacy in our community: (864) 582-7773, www.piedmontcare.org, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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As a Ryan White provider, Piedmont Care is considered essential by DHEC. Our team has worked diligently to adapt to the developing health crisis while remaining open and available for our clients and the communities we serve. Click Here to Read Full Newsletter