HIV, STD/STI Testing
The best way to prevent HIV and other STD/STIs from spreading is by getting tested regularly. Some symptoms may go undetected, leaving you and those you encounter at risk. If you’re worried that you may have HIV or an STD/STI, your first step is to get tested!
For over 25 years Spectrum Health Care (SHC) has provided testing at the lowest cost possible, and at no charge in many instances. Until recent years, SHC was the only organization in the North Central region providing our testing services for free, regardless of income. This continues to be the case for the majority of clients utilizing our testing services. Free testing is included onsite at our offices, events on college campuses and we also offer other events for your organization or business. These testing events may also be at no cost to the participants. Ongoing donations continue to make free services possible.
Tests and related costs are $25-125 per person depending on the test(s) they require. The most common testing which is for the 4 most common infections (HIV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, Syphilis) has a cost to the agency of $25. This is the test cost, processing, overhead and staff associated with the process. Any donation to offset this cost for those under or uninsured is greatly appreciated.
Free HIV & STD/STI Testing
**Due to COVID-19 this program is suspended until further notice.**
We will be back as soon as it is safe for you and our staff to participate in walk-in services. Until then, you are always welcome to schedule an appointment by calling the clinic during normal business hours.
SHC recommends you get a full panel of HIV/STD/STI tests with your annual health exams. If you have recently participated in any of the following behaviors, it is very important for the preservation of your health and well-being for you to schedule an appointment today to discuss your history and potential risk of infections.
- Have you had “unprotected” sex (sex without a condom or other latex barrier) — oral, vaginal, or anal?
- Have you had sex with someone who was an IV drug user or had HIV?
- Have you had a sexually transmitted disease or infection such as herpes, chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis, or hepatitis?
- Have you had an unplanned pregnancy or are you pregnant now?
- Have you been sexually assaulted (raped, forced or talked into having sex when you didn’t want to)?
- Have you passed out or forgotten what happened after you were drinking or getting high?
- Have you shared needles or other equipment to inject drugs or pierce the skin?
- Have you had recent home piercings or tattoos?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you may be at an increased risk of a sexually transmitted infection and should consider getting a first HIV test or repeat HIV testing.
Please use the additional resources below to educate yourself on risks of becoming infected with or transmitting HIV, and STD/STIs.
- Avert – Global information and education on HIV and AIDS for over 30 years
- Avert – Why get tested for HIV?
- The Body – HIV-related information, news, and education
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – STD/STI and Related Conditions
- HIV.gov – Comprehensive HIV/AIDS information
- I Wanna Know – STD/STI information for teens and young adults
- American Sexual Health Association – sexual health information