Fourth Generation HIV Testing
For some time, we have looked for antibodies to determine if someone has HIV. Although this is still the most common way to detect HIV, there is a window period of about 6-8 weeks after exposure before the HIV antibodies show up.
We have partnered with Seven Hills to offer a new, free, confidential testing option, Fourth Generation HIV Testing. Fourth Generation testing technology looks not only for antibodies, but an antigen as well. This antigen is present in people who are newly infected with HIV and shows up within 14 days of exposure. With Fourth Generation testing, HIV infections can be detected two weeks after exposure.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Is testing free? If you have health insurance, Seven Hills will collect this information at intake and bill your insurance. PLEASE BRING YOUR HEALTH INSURANCE CARD WITH YOU. If you do not have health insurance, you will not be billed. No one will be denied service based upon their ability to pay.
Is testing confidential? Yes
Do I need an appointment? No. Testing is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Does this new test require a finger prick or a blood draw?
This test requires a blood draw, which is performed by trained counselors from Seven Hills.
PLEASE EAT SOMETHING AND HYDRATE (DRINK WATER) PRIOR TO ARRIVING FOR YOUR TEST.
How long does it take to get my results?
Results are back in a week or so; counselors from Seven Hills will notify you of your results.
What are the advantages of this new test?
One of the big advantages of this test is the fact that the window period is so short. Early detection of HIV can dramatically improve treatment outcomes, as well as prevent those who don’t know they are newly-infected from spreading the virus to others. Newly infected HIV positive people are among the most infectious. Many transmissions happen because most newly-infected people aren’t aware of their status and they inadvertently pass HIV on to their partners.
When and where will testing be held?
The testing site location will vary each month, as indicated below:
Wednesday, Feb 7. 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
Frederick Douglass Unity House
Residents’ Dining Hall, Ground Floor
In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Tuesday, March 6. 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
Center for Women, Gender, & Sexuality
Campus Center, Suite 207
In recognition of National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Tuesday, April 10. 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
Oak Glen Residence Hall, 1st floor, Multipurpose Room
In recognition of National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day