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HIV, Hep C, and STD Testing: Free & Easy

Have you ever wondered where to go for an HIV test? Does your regular health care provider only offer confidential testing (using your real name), not anonymous (using a false name)? Do they provide a trained HIV counselor who can offer risk assessment, prevention methods, safe sex information, condoms and other important health information? Do you know where HIV testing is free?

The Austin-Travis County Health Department offers HIV testing at many places around Austin, plus scheduled testing in various bars and clubs. Testing may be done using a false name or your real name. A trained HIV counselor will assist you in making an informed decision about testing. After testing, the counselor will give you an appointment date in 1-2 weeks for your results. It is important to return for the results because they will be given only to you in person to ensure confidentiality.

If the test result is negative, the counselor will review prevention techniques, safe sex practices, and other information you may request.

If the test result is positive, the counselor will refer you to appropriate medical care, wellness programs, counseling services, and other resources available for HIV-positive people. Infection precautions and safe-sex information are also shared during your appointment. A packet of written information also is given to each positive client.

Call 469-2119 to make an appointment for a free HIV antibody test. For clients with risk profiles, free Hepatitis C testing may also be offered. Evening appointments are available at some sites.

Testing for other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is also available through the Health Department at 469-3200.

-- Austin/Travis County

Health Department

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