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HIV Testing


All HIV tests are confidential and voluntary.

HIV is the virus that causes AIDS

HIV is passed from one person to another during unprotected sex (vaginal, anal or oral sex without a condom) with someone who has HIV. It can also be passed through contact with blood as in sharing needles (piercing, tattooing or injecting drugs of any kind) or sharing works with a person who has HIV.

HIV testing is important for your health

  • If your test result is negative, you can learn how to protect yourself from being infected in the future.
  • If your test result is positive:
    • You can take steps to prevent passing the virus to others.
    • You can receive treatment for HIV and learn about other ways to stay healthy. As part of treatment, additional tests will be done to determine the best treatment for you. These tests may include viral load and viral resistance tests.

Important Phone Numbers

    1 800.TALK.HIV (1.800.825.5448)

New York City Contact Notification Assistance Program
    1 212.693.1419

New York State HIV/AIDS Hotlines (toll-free)
Call the Hotlines for information about HIV and AIDS and to find HIV testing sites
    1 800.541.AIDS (2437) - English
    1 800.233.SIDA (7432) - Spanish

New York State TTY/TTD HIV/AIDS Information Line
    1 212.925.9560

Voice callers use the NY relay:
    711 or 1 800.421.1220 and ask the operator for 1 212.925.9560

New York State HIV/AIDS Counseling Hotline
    1 800.872.2777

    New York State Confidentiality Hotline 1.800.962.5065
    Legal Action Center 1 212.243.1313 or 1 800.223.4044

Human Rights/Discrimination
    New York State Division of Human Rights 1 800.523.2437
    New York City Commission on Human Rights 1 212.306.7500

* Above information is from the New York State Department of Health