Established in 2010, NWA HOPE’s mission is to prevent the transmission of HIV in Northwest Arkansas through outreach and prevention education.

Our program provides free, confidential HIV testing and resources for the community of Northwest Arkansas. We strive to collaborate with regional HIV/AIDS organizations and local businesses to better provide education and testing services to individuals in need of counseling, education, and outreach.

NWA HOPE testing is open to everyone, and appointments can be made by phone or email, and appointment times are flexible and include evenings and weekends.

What To Expect
  • NWA Hope uses the OraQuick Advance testing system—an oral swab with a turnaround time of 20 minutes.
  • The testing facilitator will ask you to fill out a release, instruct you on using the swab, and ask you to complete an optional and confidential questionnaire.
  • While your test processes, the facilitator will discuss any concerns you have. The questionnaire assists the facilitator in understanding your education and health needs.
  • Once the test has processed, the facilitator provides you with your results and any follow-up information you may need or request.

Per law, all personally identifying information collected during the testing session is 100% confidential. No one except the testing facilitator and the client knows the results of the test. All statistical information collected is anonymous and only used for educational instruction and program evaluation.

Program Authorization & Training Information

Northwest Arkansas Equality, Inc. is not a medical facility. We are authorized to perform HIV testing through a waiver from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the United States Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment (CLIA). All testing facilitators have completed the Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) training provided by the Arkansas Department of Health, and are trained in the proper handling and disposal of biohazard and medical supply waste. OraSure Technologies provides our testing facilitators with specific training in the use of the OraQuick HIV testing system.


Program Contact Information

Patty Johnson
Program Coordinator | NWA HOPE
Northwest Arkansas Equality, Inc.

Arthur Beeghly LGBTQ Resource Center
179 N. Church Avenue, Ste. 101
Fayetteville, AR 72701

479.966.9014, Ext. 2