FAQ

How long does the test take?

  • The test itself takes about 1-2 minutes. The entire encounter takes less than 20 minutes. 

 

What information does U-TEST need to know about me?

  • U-TEST provides anonymous testing. This means we don't need to know your name or anything else about you unless you receive a positive test result.

  • In the event of a positive test result, the test becomes completely confidential, and information is collected to set clients up with confirmatory testing and HIV care. Read more about this process under the "Getting Tested" page.

 

Who can get tested at U-TEST?

  • We welcome everyone! We do not screen clients in any way. 

 

When can I get tested?

  • Every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-8pm.

Do I need an appointment?

  • No. You may walk in any time. You have the option to make an appointment here.

What kind of HIV test does U-TEST use?

  • We use the INSTI™ test. This test can identify HIV infections in individuals who were exposed to the virus 3 months prior to testing or earlier.

How accurate is test?

  • The INSTI™ test is 99.9% accurate when you are tested 3 months after your potential exposure to HIV. Before 3 months, the test may be less accurate.

 

Will I need to get a blood draw?

  • No blood draw required- a simple finger prick is used.

How much will this cost?

  • U-TEST's HIV testing services are free!

How often should I get tested?

  • Everyone should get tested for HIV at least once in their life. About 1 in 7 people in the United States who have HIV don’t know they have it.

  • When you get tested at U-TEST, we can talk with you about your risk factors and help you decide how often to get tested.

  • Learn more at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) HIV testing page.

Can I get a certificate or other kind of documentation of my test result?

  • No. Because U-TEST's services are anonymous, we do not provide any document that shows your name and test result.