HIV Antibody Testing
The SHC offers two types of confidential testing for HIV antibody: an in-office rapid blood test (finger prick) with results in ten minutes, or a blood sample sent to an outside commercial lab. If you opt for testing at the SHC you will:
- Be asked to make an appointment
- Be interviewed about possible risk factors for HIV such as: sexual behaviors, drug use, tattoos, blood transfusions before 1985 or other possible blood exposures.
- Be counseled about test options, test procedures, the meaning of the test results and safer sex practices.
The cost of the testing is currently $20 for the rapid test and $20 (self-pay cost) if the sample is sent to the lab. Many insurance companies now cover the cost of “screening testing” for HIV and other STDs. Contact your insurance company. If they cover screening testing, you can opt to have the commercial lab submit a bill to your insurance company.
Note that as of September 1, 2010 New York State requires that an HIV antibody test be offered at least once to all individuals between the ages of 13 and 64 in certain health care settings, including settings that offer primary care such as college health centers. Every student who comes to the SHC will be offered an HIV antibody test, on at least one occasion, regardless of the reason for the visit. The testing is completely voluntary.
Where can I go to get free testing?
Monroe County Health Department STD Clinic
Bullshead Plaza, 855 W. Main St. Rochester, NY 14611
Walk in HIV and STD testing. M&Th 9:30-3:30, T&W 8:30-3:30, F 8:30-11:30
259 Monroe Ave. (at Alexander) Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 545-7200, Toll free (800) 266-9292
Walk in HIV testing M-F 9:00 -5:00 (until 7 pm on T)
STD testing for men who have sex with men and high risk women T 9:00-7:00 ONLY
New York State Dept. of Health
(585) 423-8081, Toll free (800) 962-5063
Anonymous testing by appointment at locations in Rochester