About Alamance Cares
We are a program focused on stopping the spread of HIV, other STIs, and hepatitis C through testing, education, and harm reduction in Alamance, Caswell, and Rockingham counties in North Carolina.
We serve everyone! There are no eligibility requirements for our programs, and testing is always free. We welcome people of any age, income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity, religion, disability, or nation of origin to benefit from our services.
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1987: The United Way Community Council formed the AIDS Response Coordinating Group in Alamance County to increase community awareness and education surrounding the rapid spread of HIV.
1991: As the number of new HIV cases in Alamance county continued to rise rapidly, an advisory board was established in August of 1991. The purpose of this board was to create and establish a comprehensive program to meet the needs of individuals living with HIV/AIDS in the county.
1992: The program came to fruition when Alamance Cares was established in February 1992. At this point, Alamance Cares focused on offering direct services to HIV+ clients and their families, as well as education for the community. The program carried a caseload of between 20-30 HIV+ clients during throughout its first year.
1993-1994: Alamance Cares was formally incorporated as a non-profit in January of 1993. After partnering with Alamance Regional Medical Center, Alamance Cares began offering HIV testing in addition to continuing HIV case management services. By June of 1994, Alamance Cares had a caseload of between 100-140 HIV+ clients.
1998-1999: Caseload began to decline as clients were living healthier lives, thanks to better treatments and supportive cares assistance programs. In Fall of 1998, Alamance Cares partnered with HomeCare Providers, a home health agency under Alamance Regional. HomeCare Providers took over HIV case management services for all clients in the county by May of 1999. This change allowed Alamance Cares to begin shifting its focus to testing and prevention efforts.
2006: Alamance Cares received funding from Central Carolina Health Network (CCHN) which created an opportunity to bring an Outreach Educator onto the team.
2010: Alamance Cares was awarded a grant from DHHS to provide Integrated Targeted Testing Services, or ITTS. This funding allowed for expansion of testing services; most notably allowed Alamance Cares to begin offering free testing for syphilis.
2013: Alamance Cares began offering free testing for hepatitis C, through continued support from DHHS and the ITTS grant.
2020: On January 1st, Alamance Cares formally became a department of Alamance Regional Medical Center and dissolved as a separate non-profit. This change allowed for more opportunity, support, and stability for Alamance Cares, while allowing the organization to continue its operations.
In October 2020, Alamance Cares added a syringe service program to its service offerings. This program seeks to reduce harms associated with IV drug use, including preventing HIV and hepatitis C spread through sharing of syringes and other equipment.