How to get tested for HIV/AIDS and STDs
CPC offers free testing on the first Monday of every month between 10 am and 2 pm.
* Dates may be changed, please contact CPC for exact dates.
HIV Window Period:
Once the HIV is contracted, the body begins producing antibodies, but because of its initial low levels of antibodies, the virus is not immediately detectable. This period, between contraction and detectability, is called the window period. Each person’s own window period differs from person to person, and can range from two weeks to six months long, depending on the type of HIV test taken. During the window period, even before they known they are infected, individuals can transmit HIV to others.
How soon should I get tested for HIV?
Testing for HIV usually requires waiting three to four weeks after presumed infection. After a definite period of three months, the body will have produced enough antibodies for the HIV virus to be detected on any HIV Antibody test. In ensure the test’s accuracy, a presumed infected person should not engage in any other behaviors that may put them at greater risk for infection.
Who should be tested?
The Center for Disease Control recommends that all adults in the U.S. get tested at least once, regardless of risk factors for HIV infection. However, if you are engaging in behavior that puts you at greater risk for infection, taking repeated HIV testing is recommended.
Reasons to think you may be infected?
- Have you recently engaged in unprotected sex (sex without a condom or other latex barrier) oral, vaginal, or anal?
- Have you ever had sex with someone who is HIV positive or an IV drug user?
- Have you ever had a sexually transmitted disease (STD)?
- Have you ever had an unplanned pregnancy?
- Have you ever experienced any form of sexual assault?
- Have you ever passed out and forgotten what happened to you while you were drinking or on drugs?
- Was your mother HIV positive when you were born?
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you may have an increased risk for contracting HIV and should consider getting tested or getting tested regularly.
If you have any further questions or are interested in getting tested, please contact:
Chinese-American Planning Council
Community Health Services
165 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002
Hotline: (646) 613-8420
All calls and services are free, confidential and anonymous.