Who should get tested? Anyone and everyone. HIV is a human thing. It isn't choosy and can impact anyone who has unprotected sex, or anyone exposed through injection drug use. HIV moves through some of our most intimate interactions, and impacts those we care about. This is why we encourage everyone to get tested. Due to the concentration of HIV within these communities, it is especially important for gay and bisexual men and injection drug users to get tested regularly.
How it works. First, we introduce ourselves and get to know you a bit. Then we get your test running and ask you some questions about your sex life and substance use. Everything is strictly confidential. Before you go, we walk you through your results and talk with you about your practices. There's no judgement. There's no such thing as stupid questions, and you can always ask.
When? The Centers for Disease Control recommends being tested once a year unless you are having unprotected sex or you have several partners, in which case they recommend testing every six months.
Why? A 2014 study found there were 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States. Many people who have HIV are unaware of their positive status and run the risk of exchanging the virus with their partners. The sooner someone is diagnosed and connected to care, the longer they live while receiving treatment. HIV is a survivable disease when managed properly, and we are here to help you get connected to care if you receive a positive result.
Our HIV, syphilis and hepatitis C tests are all free. You can test confidentially or anonymously. You get a results card with your status and we can give you condoms and lubricant before you go. And, most importantly, we can answer any questions you have. This is information that can save your life. Information for peace of mind. Information so that you can feel empowered to make the best choices for your body.
Where? We offer free rapid testing at our offices on 818 E. Grayson six days a week, and we test around the city at bars along the strip and on university campuses in San Antonio. If you have recommendations on new places for us to test, contact us here.
FREE HIV/Syphilis Testing Hours: Monday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.