WHat is U-TEST?
U-TEST offers free, anonymous, and rapid HIV testing & counseling in Seattle's Capitol Hill Neighborhood. All are welcome. This service is a collaboration between Peer Seattle, the University of Washington School of Medicine, and Public Health - Seattle King County. We use INSTI™ tests, which are 99.9% accurate 3 months or more after a possible HIV exposure. We pride ourselves in providing HIV testing services to anyone who wants it - we have no limitations on whom we test, so please come in when you are available!
All U-TEST testers are medical students from the University of Washington School of Medicine. Our volunteer testers undergo extensive training in conjunction with Public Health - Seattle & King County so that we can provide comprehensive and inclusive HIV testing and counseling services to anyone who walks through our door. A unique and highly respected organization within the School of Medicine, U-TEST attracts a diverse array of student testers that are united in their passion for HIV awareness and destigmatization as well as their dedication to improving the health and wellbeing of our community. Through their testing experiences and continuous advanced training, our testers are well equipped with the skills and expertise to be leaders in respectful, inclusive HIV testing and care both as medical students and in their future careers as physicians.
Peer Seattle is a non-profit corporation that cultivates powerful, healthy lives by providing peer emotional support and development services to the LGBTQ community and their allies embracing issues of mental health, chemical and behavioral addiction, and chronic illness. As U-TEST's community partner, Peer Seattle provides U-TEST with a testing space and program advertisement, and U-TEST provides all HIV testing services at Peer Seattle.
PHSKC has a mission to identify and promote the conditions under which all people can live within healthy communities and can achieve optimum health. PHSKC provides HIV testing kits to U-TEST, and they facilitate medical student Outreach Training. U-TEST provides PHSKC with anonymous epidemiological data collected from U-TEST testing sites.
UWSOM works with public and private agencies to improve health care and advance knowledge in medicine and related fields of inquiry. It acknowledges a special responsibility to the people in the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho, who have joined with it in a unique regional partnership.