HIV Counseling and
The SHC offers one type of HIV antibody testing: a blood test sent to a commercial laboratory. NYS mandates pre and post test counseling for all individuals undergoing HIV antibody testing. Your visit and test results are recorded in your confidential medical record. No one, except authorized SHC personnel who are required by the Institute to sign a confidentiality agreement, has access to your record. By law, release of HIV related information requires completion of a specific release form.
If you opt for testing at the SHC you will:
- Be asked to make an appointment with a health educator for pre-test counseling
- Be interviewed about sexual behaviors, condom or other barrier use, birth control methods, and any history of sexually transmitted infections, drug use, previous testing and blood transfusions prior to 1985, in order to assess your relative risk of exposure to HIV.
- Be counseled about the testing options, test procedures,
meaning of test results and safer sex practices
If you have the blood test,
you will be asked to make a follow up appointment to review results
and receive post-test counseling. Because the blood is sent to
a commercial laboratory, you or your insurance company will be billed.
The self pay cost is currently $20, subject to change.
Anonymous and confidential testing is offered at several sites in the Rochester area. The testing is free but an appointment is required. For information and appointments call:
Monroe County Health
STD Clinic 464-5928
259 Monroe Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
Main Phone: 585-545-7200
Toll Free: 1-800-266-9292
New York State Health Dept.
HIV Testing in Rochester 423-8081
If you have questions, please make an appointment to talk with a SHC provider or health educator. We can provide information and printed materials on HIV, AIDS, other sexually transmitted infections and safer sex practices.