If you believe you may be at risk for HIV disease the most important action you can take is to get an HIV test. Knowing your HIV status – whether you are, or are not infected with HIV – empowers you to make decisions so you can live a long healthy life.
ARCW provides free HIV testing at many convenient locations throughout Wisconsin. It is an easy test to take. A simple finger stick that is quick and relatively painless will provide you with test results in twenty minutes.
Your HIV test will be administered by a specialist from ARCW who will explain the test and ask for your written consent to be tested. The tester will also provide you with information on how to reduce your risk for HIV infection and will answer all your questions with sensitivity to your concerns.
You will have the choice of getting an anonymous HIV test or a confidential HIV test.
You will receive your HIV test results during your testing appointment. The HIV specialist will explain your results and answer any questions you may have. Your test results will be either HIV negative or HIV reactive.
Not knowing your HIV status may have major consequences for your health. If you are HIV infected, not knowing this fact means your treatment for HIV is delayed which may result in severe illness. Knowing your status means that you can take action to get the immediate medical care you need for successful treatment and a long healthy life. You will also be better able to take precautions to protect your loved ones and partners from HIV.
If you are not infected with HIV, knowing this fact means that you have been tested for HIV and have received expert counseling on how HIV is transmitted and how to reduce your risk for HIV infection. Not being tested for HIV means that you may not understand this life saving HIV risk reduction information.
ARCW provides more than 2,000 free HIV tests every year at all ARCW facilities throughout Wisconsin and through all ARCW prevention programs and outreach locations.
To schedule a test contact the nearest ARCW office.
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