Rapid HIV Testing
The only way to know your HIV status is to get tested. Knowing your status gives you powerful information to keep you and your partner or partners healthy.
In partnership with Idaho Department of Health & Welfare HIV, STD & Hepatitis Section, Vandal Health Education is proud to offer free rapid antibody HIV testing to the U of I community. Testing will take place in a private location in the Vandal Health Education offices at the Student Rec Center.
CDC recommends everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once. People at higher risk should get tested more often.
HIV Testing FAQ
The test is a quick finger prick to collect a small amount of blood to run the test. Test results are instant. Depending on the results of this rapid antibody test, you may need a blood draw test to confirm the HIV virus is present in your body.
If the test is reactive, or positive, it means that antibodies to HIV-1 and/or HIV-2 were detected. You will need a confirmatory blood draw test to confirm HIV virus is present in your body. These screenings are very accurate, and a great first step to know if that blood test is needed. Just know, if it is reactive, you're not alone, and Vandal Health Education help connect you to next steps.
If the test is non-reactive, or negative, antibodies to HIV-1 and/or HIV-2 were not detected. If you are concerned that exposure may have happened in the last three months, you'll want to test again after three months from your most recent exposure as it can take up to three months for antibodies to develop. You can request another appointment by using the form below.
Sexually Transmitted Infections
One in four college-age adults has an STI, and often times they don't know it. Getting tested regularly is important.
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