Serving Northern California
Thanks to generous donations from NCAC and the California Department for Public Health we are able to offer free confidential services in our offices and also in a variety of non-clinical settings.
For free testing at our offices please fill out the request form or call
530-899-3873. We have two certified testers at our Chico location and one at our Redding location.
If you would like us to attend your community event to provide free testing please email us for more information.
The OraQuick HIV Rapid Antibody Test looks for HIV antibodies. If someone is infected with HIV, their body will produce enough antibodies to be detected by the OraQuick test in about 3 months.
The HIV test involves a small finger poke for a blood sample.
Results are available in 20 minutes. Your test counselor can talk with you about actions you can take to prevent HIV including PrEP a pre-exposure medication.
If you test positive, you can take medicine to treat HIV. People with HIV who take HIV medicine daily as prescribed can live a long and healthy life and prevent transmission to others. Without HIV medicine (called antiretroviral therapy or ART), the virus replicates in the body and damages the immune system. This is why people need to start treatment as soon as possible after testing positive.
If you test negative, there are several ways to prevent getting HIV, which your testing counselor will discuss what preventions work best for you.
You can only get HIV by coming into direct contact with certain body fluids from a person with HIV who has a detectable viral load. These fluids are:
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