Testing 101

Let’s face it, testing can be nerve wracking! But it is an important part of staying healthy. We are here to give you all the answers you need about testing basics.

How often should I get tested? 

#AskTheHIVDoc 8: How Often? (1:07)

 

What kind of tests should I get?

Before you go to your doctor or test site, watch this video for some helpful tips about what you should talk to your doctor about and what kind of testing you should get. 

#AskTheHIVDoc 1: Does My Doc Need to Know I'm Gay? (1:12)

 

You want to test my what? 

#AskTheHIVDoc 2: Swab My Butt! (1:08)

 

Health Center 1 - 1400 Lombard St. - 215-685-6585

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm*

Testing at Health Center 1 - You can come to HC1 any time during the days and hours we are open. There are no appointments for STD tests. Just drop in! Depending on the day, how long you have to wait can change. If you want to be sure you're seen, come earlier in the day rather than later.

When you get to HC1, you'll be greeted by someone at the front window. They will ask some questions and you will complete a registration form. The receptionist will also ask to see your ID. To make sure your personal information on this form is kept private, the receptionist will give you a numbered ticket. While at the clinic, the staff will refer to you by the number on the ticket rather than your name. This is to protect your privacy and confidentiality.

You can relax in the waiting room until your ticket number is called. When your number is called, you will first see someone who will draw your blood for testing. Next, you will be placed in an exam room and seen by a doctor or nurse. The doctor or nurse will ask about your sexual history, explain the exam process, do a full STD test, and perform lab tests as needed. If you need it they will give you medication.

If you have an STD, another staff person may speak to you for counseling. This includes a chat about how to talk to your sexual partners about your STD diagnosis and how to prevent new STDs.

Health Center 5 - 1900 N. 20th St - 215-685-2491 

Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00am - 3:30*

Testing at Health Center 5 - You can come to HC5 any time during the days and hours we are open. There are no appointments for STD tests. Just drop in! Depending on the day, how long you have to wait can change. If you want to be sure you're seen, come earlier in the day rather than later.

When you get to HC5, the front desk will have you complete a walk-in slip and show you where you need to go. After you sign in, the clerk will call you and have you fill out a registration form. Once you're done with the form, you will be given a numbered ticket and asked to wait.

You can relax in the waiting room until your ticket number is called. When your number is called, you will first see someone who will draw your blood for testing. Next, you will be placed in an exam room and seen by a doctor or nurse. The doctor or nurse will ask about your sexual history, explain the exam process, do a full STD test, and perform lab tests as needed. If you need it they will give you medication.

If you have an STD, another staff person may speak to you for counseling. This includes a chat about how to talk to your sexual partners about your STD diagnosis and how to prevent new STDs.

* - clinic hours may vary depending on the number of patients being seen at that time

Other Test Sites in Philadelphia 

To go directly to their website, click on the name of the organization

Youth Health Empowerment Project (Y-HEP)

1417 Locust Street, 3rd Floor

215-564-6388

Bebashi 

1217 Spring Garden Street, First Floor

215-769-3561

Monday through Wednesday & Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.*

Thursday: 9 a.m. through 8 p.m.*

* - HIV testing is available daily up to 1 hour before closing.

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1207 Chestnut Street, 4th Floor Rear

215-851-1975

Monday - 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Tuesday through Friday - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Saturday - 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Washington West Project

1201 Locust St

215-985-9206

Free, walk-in HIV testing:

Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (last client 8:30 p.m.)
Saturday: 1 to 5 p.m. (last client 4:30 p.m.)
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (last client 6:30 p.m.)

Free, walk-in STI screening:

Tuesday: 1 to 6 p.m.
Thursday: 6 to 9 p.m.
Friday: 2 to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 1 to 4 p.m.

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