How Do I Get Tested?
What Will I Be Tested For?
Unless you request otherwise, we’ll test for HIV as well as three other sexually transmitted diseases: gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis.
What's the Testing Process Like?
The Center’s warm and welcoming staff will guide you through the simple process. First we’ll rub an oral, Q-tip-like swab in your mouth that we’ll test for gonorrhea in your throat. We’ll also collect a blood sample for a rapid HIV test and an advanced diagnostic called a nucelic acid amplification test (or NAAT) that can detect HIV as early as 7 days after exposure. We’ll also test the blood for syphilis. Then we’ll ask you to provide a urine sample and advise you on how to use a rectal swab so we can test for genital and rectal gonorrhea and chlamydia.
How Important Are Those STD Tests?
Can't I Just Skip Those?
As many as half of those with STDs don’t know it. And if you have an STD, it significantly increases your risk for contracting HIV. You aren’t required to take an STD test, but we strongly recommend it.
What Do I Need to Bring?
For a full HIV/STD screening, you must bring your photo ID. Your test results are confidential. 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.