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Free Testing

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Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment

ALL TESTING IS CONFIDENTIAL

Do you need to be tested? Ask yourself….

Have you had multiple sex partners? Have you had sex with men who have sex with men? Have you had anonymous partners? Have you exchanged sex for drugs or money? Have you injected drugs or steroids or shared equipment? Are you in the dark about your partner’s sexual history? Have you had unprotected sex with someone who could answer yes to any of these questions? Did you receive a blood transfusion or clotting factor between 1978 and 1985 and  have never been tested before? If you answered yes to any of these questions, YES – you need to get tested.

REMEMBER: You may be infected and have no signs or symptoms. It is important to get tested if you have had any significant risks (listed above). One in five people are HIV+ and do not know it!

FREE HIV Testing

While we have to spend 5-10 minutes to collect some information to determine your risk, you will have your result in 15-20 minutes. This is finger stick test, using only a drop of blood. If your test is positive, it is called a preliminary positive and a second test will require a blood draw and will be sent to a lab for confirmation. If your test is confirmed to be positive, we will answer your questions, make appropriate referrals, and get you connected to medical care. Sometimes when receiving news of being positive it is hard to think of questions you have, so remember we are available for support and to answer questions at any time. You should feel free to call or come back in.

FREE In-Home HIV Testing (SHIPPED TO ILLINOIS ADDRESSES ONLY)

If you are not comfortable sitting down with a staff person for an HIV test, we can send an “in-home test” to you. This process requires minimal information and we ship the test, with directions and educational information, to you. To request a kit click HERE

FREE HCV Testing

Same timeframe with HCV (Hepatitis C) testing with rapid results and referrals for treatment. Remember, HCV is curable so get tested!

FREE Gonorrhea & Chlamydia Screening

This test requires a urine sample and will be sent to a lab for results. Results are typically available in 7-10 days.

Free Syphilis Testing

This test requires a blood draw and will be sent to a lab for results. Results are typically available in 7-10 days.