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HIV Screening – Confidential Counseling

Confidential HIV Screening – CounselingAccording to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advancing HIV Prevention (AHP) Initiative, making HIV testing a routine part of medical care and implementing new models for diagnosing HIV outside of the medical setting is very important. The CDC recommends that HIV testing be offered in all high HIV-prevalence clinical settings and to those at risk for HIV in low HIV-prevalence clinical settings, in addition to recommending routine testing of all pregnant women and of any infants whose mother was not screened.

Factors that increase risk for HIV include ever having:

  • Unprotected sex with someone who is infected with HIV
  • Shared injection drug needles and syringes
  • A sexually transmitted disease, like chlamydia or gonorrhea
  • Received a blood transfusion or a blood clotting factor between 1978 and 1985
  • Unprotected sex with someone who has done any of these things

The Harriet Rothkopf Heibrunn B’32 Academic Nursing Center through the Ryan-NENA Community Health Center offers on-site, confidential HIV screening and counseling, provided by certified counselors. No names are taken from anyone enquiring about this service.

Get tested today for peace of mind and to ensure that you receive the proper treatment if diagnosed.

This services is offered the 2nd Monday of each month.

2010 dates: (no testing in January), Feb 8, March 8, April 12, May 10.

Results are available within 20 minutes after providing a finger stick or an oral swab sample. If your screening should come back as preliminary positive, then another sample will be taken for confirmation of the results. This sample will require further testing and you will be contacted within 5 business days with the results. If positive, an appointment will be made for a follow-up visit along with a referral for treatment.

The Nursing Center also offers outreach activities on and off campus that answer questions and address concerns on a wide variety of issues ranging from transmission to the treatment of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections. Discussions about safe sex and barrier techniques occur along with the distribution of condoms. Strategies for negotiating condom use are a mainstay of the outreach activities.