Free HIV Testing
Compassionate, Confidential and Diverse: Our Commitment to Free HIV Testing
- Free, confidential HIV Testing is provided at the Triad Health Project Greensboro office every Monday evening (except holidays) from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
- Testing for HIV is performed only as a blood test by drawing a small sample to be sent to a laboratory
- Results will be available in 2 to 3 weeks from the time of the testing and can be picked up in person at Triad Health Project in Greensboro on Mondays (except holidays) between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm, or by appointment at the Guilford County Health Department.
Frequent Questions About Testing
What happens during testing?
The testing process will take about 15 minutes. Once paperwork is completed, you will sit and talk with a counselor who will ask you questions about your risk of getting HIV. Afterwards, a small sample of blood is drawn to be tested
What is anonymous testing versus confidential testing?
North Carolina law allows only for confidential testing. Confidential testing means a name is associated with the blood test. All information is held in the strictest of confidence and is not released to any physicians, insurance companies, or anyone else not associated with the testing process. Anonymous testing means only a number is associated with the blood test. Virginia is the closest state that offers anonymous testing.
Does the test look for the virus?
The first test looks for the antibodies that form in response to the virus being inside your body. Then your blood is pooled together with other specimens and another test is performed that looks for the Viral RNA. If there is no viral RNA found, then all the pooled specimens are negative. If viral RNA is found, then each blood sample is checked individually to determine which specimen contains the viral RNA.
What does a positive or negative result mean?
A positive result means that the test found antibodies and viral RNA in your blood and that you are infected with HIV. The laboratory always confirms a positive result by running a different test called a Western Blot on the same sample of blood.
A negative result means that at the time of the test, no antibodies or viral RNA from HIV were found in your blood.
How long do I need to wait to get tested?
If you think that you have been exposed to HIV, it will take between 2 weeks to 3 months for your body to respond to the virus and form antibodies and for the virus to replicate. Please wait at least 2 weeks before coming to get tested. Keep in mind, any other risks taken in those 2 weeks of waiting will not show on the test.