The Positive Resource Connection offers free and confidential HIV testing using the OraQuick© HIV antibody test, which is painless and as accurate as a standard blood test. It is an oral swab with results in just 20 minutes.
It’s healthy to know your HIV status! Protect yourself and others!
Why should you know your HIV status?
Knowing your HIV status matters now more than ever before because:
- Current HIV treatment has changed HIV from a terminal illness to a chronic health condition. Today, if people are aware of their HIV positive status and are adhering to their HIV medications as prescribed, they can live long and healthy lives and they can prevent the virus from being transmitted to anyone else. Current research shows if someone with HIV takes their medications and has very little virus in the body (viral load suppression), the risk of sexually transmitting the virus is reduced by at least 93%.
- People who are not HIV positive and know it because they have been tested can take proactive steps to avoid becoming infected with HIV in the future.
Should I get an HIV Test?
Testing for HIV is the only way to know for sure if you have HIV. Many people do not have any symptoms and can live for many years without knowing they are infected. By not knowing, people may develop infections and illness due to a weakened immune system, develop AIDS, and/or pass HIV to others through certain activities or behaviors.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyone 13 to 64 years old get tested for HIV at least once and people at a higher risk for infection should get tested more often. Factors that increase the risk of HIV infection include:
- Being a man who has had sex with another man
- Having vaginal or anal sex without a condom with someone who has HIV or whose HIV status you do not know
- Injecting drugs and sharing needles, syringes, or other drug equipment (works) with others
- Exchanging sex for money or drugs
- Being diagnosed or sought treatment for another sexually transmitted disease (STD)
- Being diagnosed or sought treatment for hepatitis or tuberculosis (TB)
- Having sex with anyone who has any of the above HIV risk factors or whose sexual history you do not know.
PRC offers free HIV testing in the following Northeast Indiana counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, and Whitley. We also offer several testing sites to make getting tested more convenient and accessible.