FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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:

Visit the Locations page to find a testing opportunity near you, and click on the toggles below for answers to frequently asked questions:

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.
Getting an STD test is free at all of our sites and at the sites of all of our partner organizations.

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.
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.
We only gather the minimum information necessary and required to comply with regulations and to assist us in designing the best health programs for the people we serve. We strive to keep the process as simple as possible.

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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