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 age 17 or older, 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.)
Walk-in Testing Hours
Wednesdays: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Fridays: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. **Please Note: We will be closed Monday, December 25th, 2023, in observance of the Christmas holiday and also on Monday, January 1st, 2024, in observance of the New Year’s Day holiday
55 Hope Street
Providence, RI 02906
Free street parking is available.
Testing by Appointment
APRI is open Monday-Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm.
To leave a message in our general voicemail box, please call (401) 831-5522, or you can always reach out to staff directly.
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.
Schedule a Test
If you would like more information on our testing services, please contact James Barker, Testing and Prevention Coordinator at (401) 677-9403