You’ve made it to the website, so you’re probably ready to get tested.
Here are specifics about walk-ins, making appointments, parking and public transportation.
For a full HIV/STD screening, you must bring your photo ID.
Test results are confidential, which means they are tracked by name but seen only by Center medical staff and health officials. You have the option to request a printed report of your results.
If you’re not comfortable showing a photo ID, you can be tested for HIV anonymously (without providing your name) at the McDonald/Wright building (but not The Spot). For STD testing, however, a photo ID is always required.
At the Hollywood location: free, validated parking is available in the lot next door. After 5 p.m., free parking is available behind the building.
At the West Hollywood location: free, validated parking is available at the West Hollywood city parking garage at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd, next to the new library.
Yes, it’s easy. The McDonald/Wright building is on the Metro Red Line, midway between the Hollywood/Vine stop and the Hollywood/Highland stop.
You’ll learn the results of your rapid HIV test from your friendly counselor just 20- 30 minutes after you finish the testing procedure. Results from your STD tests and from the NAAT will be available after 7 business days.
If you test positive for an STD, we’ll notify you via telephone; you’re also welcome to call in for your results.
We don’t ever disclose HIV test results over the phone, so to learn the results of the NAAT, just return to the location where you were tested after 7 business days.
The “window period” refers to the 3-month interval during which someone may have been infected with HIV but has not developed enough HIV antibodies for standard tests to detect the infection. It also refers to the 7-day time period, following exposure to HIV, before the NAAT test can detect the infection. If you’ve recently been exposed to HIV or STDs, you may need to retest later. Your counselor can provide more information.
Yes. Gardasil is available for $130 per dose. 3 doses are required for HPV protection.
HIV is a chronic, life-changing condition, but it is manageable with quality medical care, and there are resources to help you.
If the test reveals an HIV infection, our HIV testing counselors will help you understand the implications of living with HIV and tell you about valuable resources at the Center, including these free and low-cost services:
• Leading-edge HIV medical care at our Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic
• Support qualifying for financial assistance
• A full-service pharmacy
Our friendly counselors are here to give you the answers you need. For more information now, check out the following links from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: