TESTING

“More than 1.1 million people in the US are living with HIV. 1 in 7 of them don’t know they have it.”
– Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Big Bend Cares provides FREE and confidential rapid testing for HIV and Syphilis. Testing is available by appointment on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 5pm at Care Point Health and Wellness Center (2200 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301).

Call 850-354-8765 to make an appointment.

  1. What is Rapid HIV Testing?
    There are several ways to be tested for HIV. Rapid HIV testing includes a blood sample taken through a finger-prick. Results are available in as little as 20 minutes. Testing is always FREE and confidential. *All confirmatory testing must be performed via the lab.
  2. What do HIV test results mean?
    If your body is trying to fight HIV, your blood or saliva sample will show it in a couple of ways. The first is your CD4 count, which is a measure of the white blood cells that HIV destroys. If these white blood cells dip below 200, you are considered to have AIDS. The second is your viral load, which shows how much HIV is in your blood. Both signals give your doctor information to help your body fight HIV and stay healthier.
  3. What do I do if I test positive?
    The first thing to do is see a healthcare provider. Big Bend Cares will help you get in contact with the proper healthcare providers. It is important to move quickly to keep yourself healthy and learn how to avoid passing the infection to others.
  4. Will the HIV test tell me how I got the disease?
    No, the test will only show if you have the signs that mean your body has HIV. It won’t tell you how you were exposed to the disease.
  5. Will you provide HIV and Syphilis testing at our community event?
    Yes! Big Bend Cares wants to reach all community members to ensure access to FREE confidential HIV testing, as well as Syphilis screenings. Testing events have been held at local homeless support agencies, health fairs, community centers, colleges and churches. If you are interested in having us provide FREE on-site testing at your event, please contact Camye Edwards, Director of Prevention and Outreach, at 850-354-8765 ext. 238 or at cedwards@bigbendcares.org.