HIV Testing at The Project – Q&A’s

  1. When can I come in for an HIV test?
  2. How are the test results provided to clients?
  3. Can people in a relationship get tested for HIV together?
  4. How long does the “rapid” HIV test take?
  5. Where are you located?
  6. Should I avoid eating and brushing my teeth before coming in for an HIV test?
  7. Is the testing location private?
  8. What is the cost?
  9. Are your services gay-friendly?
  10. Will I have to wait long after I arrive to get the test?
  11. How old do I have to be to get an HIV test?
  12. Do you provide HIV testing services for people who speak Spanish?
  13. Can I bring a friend with me for support?
  14. Can you tell me more about the rapid oral fluid test?
  15. What should I expect in terms of parking?
  16. Do I have to be a Rhode Island resident to get an HIV test?
  17. Are there other places in Rhode Island where The Project does HIV testing?
  18. I know the HIV test is free, but doesThe Project accept donations?
  19. Where can I find information about getting tested by other agencies in Rhode Island?
  20. Is there a person I can call to get more information about Take Charge! Get Tested! HIV testing services?
When can I come in for an HIV test?

NO TESTING ON 2/13/14 BECAUSE OF BAD WEATHER.  Testing is done every Tuesday (4:00 pm - 6:00 pm) or Thursday (5:00 pm – 6:30 pm) on a walk-in basis.   If Tuesdays and Thursdays are a bad time for you, contact Tom (401-519-2278 or take charge@aidsprojectri.org) and we will find another time for you to come in any weekday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.  Our offices are located on the East Side of Providence at 9 Pleasant Street, Providence, Rhode Island.

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How are the test results provided to clients?

All clients receive their test results verbally from their test counselor, along with an explanation of the test result meaning.  Upon request, results will be provided in writing on an official AIDS Project Rhode Island form,  that includes the client’s name, date-of-birth, and home address.  All clients requesting test results in writing  must show proof of identity. NOTE: only people who want their test results in writing are asked for identification.

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Can people in a relationship get tested for HIV together?

Yes.  APRI offers “Testing Together” rapid HIV testing.  Testing Together is intended for people who are in a relationship and want to go through the entire HIV testing process and receive their test results at the same time and in the same room.   As part of the process, indivduals need to provide their verbal consent to receive their test result while their partner is in the room.  Testing Together is offered during regular walk-in hours and by appointment any weekday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

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How long does the “rapid” HIV test take?

It takes about 20 minutes to run the test and provide clients with a result.

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Where are you located?

AIDS Project Rhode Island is located on the East Side of Providence at 9 Pleasant Street, Providence, RI, 02906.   Enter the center door with the red “A” on it.  Pleasant Street is located off of North Main one block away from Whole Foods.

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Should I avoid eating and brushing my teeth before coming in for an HIV test?

Yes.  Please refrain from eating and brushing/flossing for 30 minutes prior to your arrival for your HIV test.

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Is the testing location private?

Yes. Our entrance is identified only by the number on our front door. When you arrive all you need to do is check-in with the receptionist. Your counselor will greet you. We have a small waiting room area. The testing is done in a private and comfortable room with just you and your HIV testing counselor.

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What is the cost?

There are no costs for HIV testing at The Project.

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Are your services gay-friendly?

Yes. All of our testing counselors work regularly with gay/bisexual men and women.  If you have a preference for a gay man to be your HIV testing counselor, let us know when you make your appointment.

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Will I have to wait long after I arrive to get the test?

We do our best to minimize the waiting time. We strongly encourage you to make an appointment in advance so that we can have enough counselors available that day. If you drop in, you may have to wait to be tested if our schedule is already full.

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How old do I have to be to get an HIV test?

We provide testing for anyone age 13 or older. No parent/guardian permission is needed to get the test.

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Do you provide HIV testing services for people who speak Spanish?

Yes. If you are Spanish-speaking let us know when you make your appointment so that we can arrange to have one of our Spanish-speaking counselors here when you come in.

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Can I bring a friend with me for support?

Yes. You might like to bring a friend with you. The testing process is a one-on-one meeting with the counselor, but your friend can sit in the waiting room while your test is being done.

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Can you tell me more about the rapid oral fluid test?

The rapid oral fluid test is a screening test, which means that if the results are reactive (preliminary positive) you need to get another test to confirm the results. We will get you an appointment for the confirmatory test the next business day at The Miriam Hospital Immunology Center. If your test is non-reactive (negative), you will not need to get a confirmatory test.  The OraSure test is FDA-approved.

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What should I expect in terms of parking?

We are located on the East Side of Providence on Pleasant Street where there is usually plenty of on-street free parking, or you may park in the parking lot in front of our building in a Visitor spot.

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Do I have to be a Rhode Island resident to get an HIV test?

We provide HIV testing for individuals regardless of their residency or citizenship.

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Are there other places in Rhode Island where The Project does HIV testing?

Yes.  We also provide HIV testing at the Megaplex.  Our schedule for April, 2013 is:   Wednesday, April 3 (6 pm – 7:30 pm); Sunday, April 7th (2:30 pm – 4:00 pm);  Wednesday, April 17th (6pm – 7:30pm);  and Sunday, April 21th (2:30 pm – 4:00 pm).  The Megaplex restricts its clientele to adult men.  If you are coming in for an HIV test only, you do not have to pay an admission fee.

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I know the HIV test is free, but doesThe Project accept donations?

Yes. We appreciate any donations, but they are completely voluntary. Making a donation can be done on this website by clicking on the Donate button at the bottom of this page.  If you want to make a donation during your HIV testing visit,  let the receptionist know after your test is completed.

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Where can I find information about getting tested by other agencies in Rhode Island?

Check out the Rhode Island Department of Health HIV Test Site website. 

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Is there a person I can call to get more information about Take Charge! Get Tested! HIV testing services?

Yes. Contact Christion Battey during regular weekday business (9 am – 5 pm)  hours at 401-831-5522, ext. 3824.

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