Why Should You Get Tested?
- If you are infected, you can get treatment that may help you live longer.
- You can also learn how to avoid passing the infection to your partners and protect yourself from other STDs.
- If you are not infected, you can learn how to stay negative.
It's recommended that you get tested if you currently or have ever:
- Had an STD
- Had many sex partners
- Shared needles to shoot drugs
- Shared needles for a piercing or tattoo
- Had sex with a man or woman without a condom, or
- If you are pregnant (HIV positive women can pass HIV to their babies)
You and the health care professional that conduct the test will know the results. Other than that, they are completely confidential. However, if you test positive your results will most likely be reported to the government agency that tracks HIV/AIDS cases.
Can You Help Stop the Spread of HIV?
Yes, you can help stop the spread of HIV by:
- getting tested
- not sharing needles
- using a latex condom during sex
- asking your partner or partners about their sexual history
- not using drugs before or during sex
Free HIV/AIDs and STD Testing is available at Chatham Social Health Council - (919)742-3762. Hours are 9:30am - 4:00 pm, Monday thru Friday
You may also go to the Chatham County Health Department. Hours are M-F 8-3:30. Call (919) 742-5641 for an appointment.
Piedmont Health Care Siler City Clinic, (919) 663-1744, offers HIV testing on a sliding scale and is open M, T, W, F 8-5 and Th 8am-8pm.
Moncure Health Center, (919) 542-4991, offers HIV testing on a sliding scale and is open M-Th 7:30am-8pm, F 7:30-2:30, and Saturday 8-1.