FAQs

AHF Wellness Centers provide free testing for sexually-transmitted diseases, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV. Our testing counselors can see you on a walk-in basis, so you can get tested when it’s convenient for you, without an appointment. The testing process is fast, friendly, and confidential – your sexual health is yours to protect, and we’re here to help.

We are happy to answer any questions about the STD testing process at our sites. Click on the toggles below for answers to frequently asked questions:

 

Why should I get tested for STDs?

Getting tested for STDs keeps you and anyone you have sex with healthy. Unless you’re abstinent, you’re at some risk of getting an STD. People with STDs may not have any symptoms, so getting tested is the only way to know your STD status. Testing – and, if necessary, treatment – protects you from the long-term health problems that can come with untreated STDs.Testing keeps you from spreading any disease to your partner (or partners), and at our centers, it’s quick, easy, and free.

How much will STD testing cost?

Testing for STDs at our centers is completely free.

What will happen during my STD testing?

Your screening may include tests for gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, and HIV. A certified testing counselor can take a urine sample, throat swab, and/or rectal swab to test for gonorrhea and chlamydia. Blood can be drawn to test for syphilis or HIV. HIV tests may also be done with a simple finger-stick test or a mouth swab. A certified counselor will walk you through the process.

How long will testing take?

Testing should take about 30 minutes. However, wait times may vary and you should plan for some extra time during busier periods of the week.

Will I have to answer a lot of personal questions?

We ask as little as possible – just enough to make sure our programs work for the people we serve and to comply with the law. We strive to keep the process simple, and we maintain the strict confidentiality of your information.

How long will I have to wait for my results?

You will receive your results as soon as labs are available, usually within 3-7 days. All clients with positive STD results are notified by phone. All negative results will be the responsibility of the client to call the clinic to access.

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