HIV, STI and Hepatitis C Testing
HVCS offers confidential, free HIV testing, sexually transmitted infection (STI) screenings, and hepatitis C testing if you meet our prerequisites and live in the Hudson Valley. Generally we provide these tests to high-risk individuals. Please call (914) 345-8888 for a risk assessment and to make an appointment for free tests.
Testing can often be arranged through several of our programs, including Project Reach Out, ALERT, INFORM, CHAPS, and Prison Services. Call us to find out how we can link you up with confidential testing.
PREREQUISITES FOR TESTING
In order for HVCS to provide you with a test, you must fall into at least one of these categories. If you do no meet the testing criteria, we will refer you to another agency that offers free, confidential testing.
Here at HVCS we are grant funded to test the following people:
- People who use needles to inject drugs (IDUs)
- Men who have sex with men
- People who have had sex in exchange for drugs or money
- People who have had sex while high and/or drunk
- People who have had sex with:
- intravenous drug users (IDUs)
- a person you know to be HIV-positive
- transgender individuals
- a male that has sex with males
- another person who has sex in exchange for drugs or money
If you fit into one of these categories, we will be happy to make an appointment for HIV testing. If none of these categories, seem to fit you, give us a call so that we can refer you to a free local alternative where you can receive all the same services.
About the Test
Our Prison Services and Project Reach Out teams test uses an OraSure oral swab (instead of a blood draw) which delivers results in about twenty minutes.
CHAPS, ALERT and INFORM use a finger-stick blood draw. This is also a rapid test which delivers results in twenty minutes.
We provide you with pre- and post-test counseling, and we can answer any questions you may have about your sexual health. Confidential tests are performed in a safe and secure environment.
HIV-testing is available at most hospitals, family planning or sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics, community health centers, drug treatment facilities, and doctors’ offices. Most testing sites offer free or inexpensive tests. Contact your local health department for testing centers in your area.
Confidential vs. Anonymous Tests
It is important for anyone having an HIV-antibody test to understand the testing procedures of the testing center. There are two types of test procedures: confidential and anonymous. No matter which type of test is received, the results are covered under the confidentiality policies of Article 27F of the Public Health Law and cannot be shared with others.
Confidential HIV-antibody testing centers record the person’s name along with the results of his/her test. The only people with access to your test results are medical personnel and, in some states, the state health department. However, your status may become known if you sign a release form to have your personal physician notified. Once this information becomes part of your medical record, even a student’s medical record at a college or university, it may be seen by health care workers, insurers or employers. Your status also may become known if you make a claim for health insurance benefits or apply for life insurance or disability insurance.
Anonymous HIV-antibody testing means that no name is ever given to the testing center and only the person who is having the test is aware of the results. However, anonymous testing centers cannot provide a copy of the test results. Anonymous testing is available in 40 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico as of May 1997. New York State does offer anonymous testing. You may check with the CDC National AIDS Hotline (1-800-342-AIDS) for the most up-to- date information.
- HVCS: (914) 345-8888
- CDC National AIDS Hotline: 1-800-342-AIDS
- Spanish: 1-800-344-SIDA
- Hearing Impaired: 1-800-243-7889 (TTY)Testing Centers
The Department of Health offers free Anonymous Testing. Call for specific information on testing schedules and the type of tests given.
Dutchess County: (845) 486-3400
Orange County: (845) 291-2332
Putnam County: (845) 278-6558
Sullivan County: (845) 292-0100
Ulster County: (845) 340-3150
Rockland County: (845) 364-2570
Westchester County: (914) 813-5185