Get Tested – Know Your Status

Are you sexually active and unsure of your HIV status? EPIC is here to help with confidential, free HIV testing that can give you peace of mind. And whether the result is positive or negative, EPIC is here for you with education for staying HIV-negative or services and treatment that will keep you living healthy with HIV. For nearly 30 years, EPIC has been your experts in life-changing HIV care.

Appointments are not required and your results can be ready in as little as 15 minutes.

Get The Facts

  The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) reports that, outside of sub-Saharan Africa, the
Caribbean region has the highest prevalence of HIV in the world.

  Nearly 1 in 8 Living with HIV in the U.S. are unaware they are infected.

  About 1 in 4 new HIV infections is among youths ages 13-24.

  African Americans represent 12% of the U.S. population, yet account for 44% of new HIV infections.

 

Who Should Get Tested?
  • Anyone who has injected drugs or steroids or shared needles, syringes and other equipment with others.
  • Anyone who has had unprotected vaginal, anal or oral sex with men who have sex with men, multiple partners or anonymous partners.
  • Anyone who has had sex with someone whose history of sex partners and/or drug use is unknown.
  • Anyone who has exchanged sex for drugs or money.
  • Anyone who has been diagnosed with or treated for hepatitis, tuberculosis (TB) or a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
  • Anyone who has had unprotected sex with someone in any of the above categories.
  • All women who are pregnant should be tested during each pregnancy.
How Does Our HIV Test Work?
We test your blood measuring for antibodies, chemicals in the immune system that recognize invaders like bacteria and viruses and mobilize the body’s attempt to fight infection. In the case of HIV, these antibodies cannot fight off the infection and their presence is used to tell whether or not you have HIV in your body.

 

 

 

 

 

When Should You Get Tested?
Most people exposed to HIV will develop detectable antibodies within two to eight weeks and some even longer. If you initially tested non-reactive within the first three months after possible exposure, you should consider repeat testing. You also should consider getting tested every time you start a new sexual relationship.