At-Home HIV Testing
APRI is proud to offer free at-home HIV testing kits as an alternative to walk-in testing. If you are a Rhode Island resident and qualify, we will send you an OraSure HIV testing kit, safer sex supplies, and other information in plain USPS packaging directly to your home. Our trained testing counselors are available via phone or video conference to provide counseling and other information to ensure you are comfortable doing the test, to answer additional questions you might have, and to provide any referrals you may want.
An at-home HIV kit contains a rapid HIV antibody test. This test will detect whether HIV antibodies are present in your system. It can take your body up to three months (90 days) to develop antibodies after a possible exposure. While anyone can get HIV, certain groups are more at risk than others. To see who is most at-risk, click here.
To get started, please click on the button below and you will be directed to a secure form that will help us understand how we can best assist you. All information is confidential and HIPAA compliant. (Please note we currently can only send at-home tests to individuals with addresses in Rhode Island.)
Testing by Appointment
General walk-in testing is currently not available due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. If you are a Rhode Island resident and are interested in receiving an at-home HIV test, please see below under At-Home HIV Testing. If you need a referral to a provider for STI testing or PrEP, please leave us a message at 401-831-5522 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you with information.
Our “Take Charge, Get Tested!” program helps individuals learn their HIV status in a safe, comfortable environment. Our trained testing counselors can also assist with questions related to at-home HIV testing.
Free HIV and Hepatitis C Testing Hours by Appointment Only
Thursdays 4-6 p.m.
55 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906
Free street parking is available.
Make an Appointment
Please contact us.
We are generally available weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Our office is located at 55 Hope St., Providence, RI, 02906 just off Wickenden Street but is currently closed to the public.
Additionally, we can make referrals to other locations in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts for HIV and STI screening.
About the Process
Before You Arrive
The rapid HIV and hepatitis C tests provide results in approximately 20 minutes.
The tests involve a simple finger prick to collect a drop of blood.
An oral swab test may be available as an alternative. It’s recommended you do not eat, brush your teeth, or floss for 30 minutes before an oral swab test.
We understand some people may feel nervous about getting tested or have questions they’d like answered ahead of time or during their test. Our team is always happy to assist, answer questions, and our goal is to help everyone—regardless of their race/ethnicity, sex, age, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation—feel welcome and comfortable getting tested.
If you would like more information on our testing services, please contact us at