FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Knowing your HIV status is the key to maintaining optimal health while protecting yourself and your partners from contracting the virus.
With free walk-in HIV testing available through AHF Healthcare Centers, Out of the Closet Thrift Stores, and mobile testing units in cities throughout America, getting testing is easy, convenient, and confidential.
Visit the Locations page to find a testing opportunity near you, and click on the toggles below for answers to frequently asked questions:
WHY SHOULD I GET TESTED?
Knowing your HIV status is the best way to protect your health and the health of your partner or partners. If you are HIV-positive, early diagnosis gives you the best chance to live a healthy, long life. Many who are HIV-positive do not know it, and could unknowingly infect others. If you are sexually active, get tested. The testing experience at our sites is free, quick, easy and 100% judgment-free.
HOW MUCH WILL STD TESTING COST?
Getting an HIV test is free at all of our sites and at the sites of all of our partner organizations.
HOW LONG WILL THE TEST TAKE?
The actual test time will be from 1 minute to 20 minutes depending on the type of test used. Some tests use a small drop of blood, others test your saliva by taking a quick, painless swab of the inside of your cheek. Whatever the technology used, if you take the test at one of our sites, we guarantee it will be quick.
HOW LONG WILL I HAVE TO WAIT FOR MY RESULTS?
You will receive your results before you leave.
WHO WILL GIVE ME THE TEST?
The test will be administered by a trained and certified HIV testing counselor.
WILL I HAVE TO ANSWER A LOT OF PERSONAL QUESTIONS?
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.
WHAT IF MY TEST RESULTS SHOW THAT I AM HIV-POSITIVE?
If you receive an HIV-positive test result, our trained and certified counselors will walk you through the next steps. HIV is not curable, but it is treatable and the treatments are highly effective. FreeHIVTest.net is operated by AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest provider of HIV/AIDS care in the U.S. Caring for those living with HIV is our mission. If you test positive, our knowledgeable staff of counselors and medical providers will be with you to support you every step of the way.
HAVE A QUESTION?
If you have a question that did not get answered here, we invite you to ask an STD Testing Counselor by filling out the form below.