Hope Is Vital Case Management
People living with HIV/AIDS should be empowered to effectively manage their HIV disease process and improve their overall quality of life.
Quality Home Care Services (QHCS), through its “Hope Is Vital” Case Management, is committed to helping people living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Should you need HIV case management services or more information, please contact (704) 394-8968.
We help to connect you to resources and coordinate your care. We advocate on your behalf to ensure that you have access to comprehensive medical care, health insurance, entitlements, housing, food, substance use services, dental and mental health providers, job training services, support groups, and treatment education. We also work with your collaterals. Our goal is to provide you with the tools to become stable and self sufficient.
Hope Is Vital Case Management can help link you to:
- Personal Medical Care
- Medication Assistance Programs
- Medical Nutrition Therapy
- Housing Support Services
- Home Health Referrals
- Hospice Referrals
- Educational Programs
- Transportation Services
- Mental and Behavior Health Services
- Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services
HIV Counseling and Testing
QHCS provides free, confidential HIV counseling and testing. Counseling and testing is provided by state-certified HIV counselors.
9am – 5pm
By appointment is preferred.
We provide HIV counseling, testing, health information, education, and risk-reduction strategies, referrals. People who want to be tested must complete an intake and consent to testing. Referrals for additional supportive services are also available. All services are offered free of charge.
Please be advised that for testing onsite, at Quality Home Care Services, we use the Oraquick ADVANCE HIV-1/2 Antibody Test. Oraquick ADVANCE provides HIV test results in 20 minutes. To obtain a sample for testing with Oraquick ADVANCE, a certified HIV counselor will do a cheek swab. If you have any questions about the Oraquick ADVANCE, please call us at (704) 394-8968. All services are confidential.
Outside of North Carolina, you can call the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National AIDS Hotline. They can answer any questions you might have about HIV and AIDS and direct you to a nearby test site. They are open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
The Powerhouse Project is a comprehensive HIV prevention project aimed to address the HIV prevention needs of men who have sex with men living in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg region. Funded by the Centers for Disease Control, the program offers several prevention interventions in addition to Comprehensive Risk and Counseling Services (CRCS) and HIV Counseling, Testing and Referral. Services are available for men of color ages 18-49.
Many Men Many Voices (3MV)
3MV is a 4-session group level intervention program designed to prevent HIV and STDs among African American (AA) men who have sex with men (MSM) who may not identify themselves as being gay. The intervention addresses factors such as cultural, social and religious norms that influence the behavior of AA MSM between the ages of 25-49. Topics covered in the intervention include the interaction between HV and other STDs, sexual relationship dynamics and the social influences, like racism and homophobia, that have an impact on HIV risk behaviors.
The Mpowerment Project is a community-building intervention designed to reduce the frequency of unprotected anal intercourse among young gay and bisexual men. The project is a peer and network based community-level intervention which uses a combination of informal and formal outreach, discussion groups, creation of safe spaces, social opportunities, and social marketing to reach a broad range of HIV positive and HIV negative African American men who have sex with men (MSM) between the ages of 18 to 29.
The MPowerment project offers monthly M-groups which are peer-led, 2–3 hour meetings of 8–10 young, gay men discuss factors contributing to unsafe sex among the men (e.g., misconceptions about safer sex, beliefs that safer sex is not enjoyable, poor sexual communication skills).
The Project is run by a “core group” of 10–15 young gay men from the community and paid staff. The young gay men from the core group, along with other volunteers, design and carry out all project activities. The project offers its own drop-in center where social events and meetings are held and which serves as a “safe space” where young men can meet and socialize during specified hours.
Comprehensive Risk Counseling and Services (CRCS)
CRCS is intensive, individualized client-centered counseling that helps individuals adopt and maint HIV risk-reduction behaviors. CRCS is designed for HIV-positive and HIV-negative individuals who are at high risk for acquiring or transmitting HIV and STDs and struggle with issues such as substance use and abuse, physical and mental health, and social and cultural factors that affect HIV risk.
HIV Counseling Testing and Referral
HIV Counseling, Testing, and Referral (CTR) is a collection of activities designed to increase clients’ knowledge of their HIV status as well as encourage and support risk reduction. CTR is a voluntary service that can only be delivered after informed consent is obtained which provides client-focused HIV prevention counseling to address the client’s : readiness for testing; personal risk assessment; steps taken to reduce risk; goals for reducing risk; realistic plans for achieving those goals ; support systems and secure needed referrals for appropriate services (medical, social, prevention, and partner services). The program offers HIV rapid testing (oral) which provides test results in 20 minutes.