How do I get tested?
You can get tested on a walk-in basis, for free, at the Center's McDonald/Wright Building on weekdays from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. or at The Spot Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m.
NEW: make an appointment for testing at the McDonald/Wright Building or The Spot. Call 323-860-5855 from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. to schedule your appointment!
What's the testing process like?
The average time for a full visit is just 1-2 hours. Most of those who walk-in wait less than 30 minutes to be seen by a testing counselor.
The Center's warm and welcoming staff will greet you and guide you through the simple process.
By painlessly rubbing oral, Q-tip-like swabs in your mouth, we'll test for gonorrhea in your throat. We'll also collect a blood sample for a rapid HIV test and an advanced diagnostic called a nucelic acid amplification test (or NAAT) that can detect HIV as early as seven days after exposure. We'll also test the blood for syphilis.
When and how will I learn the results?
You'll learn the results of your rapid HIV test from a friendly counselor just 20-30 minutes after you finish the testing procedure. Results from your STD tests and from the NAAT will be available after seven to ten business days.
If you test positive for an STD, we'll notify you via telephone; you're also welcome to call for your results.
We don't disclose HIV test results over the phone, so to learn the results of the NAAT, just return to the location where you were tested after seven business days.
How reliable are the tests?
The rapid HIV test is more than 99 % accurate. The NAAT, which can cost hundreds of dollars at a doctor's office, is the most advanced HIV test on the market. Our STD tests are the most reliable available.
How important are the STD tests--can't I just skip those?
As many as half of those with STDs don't know it, and if you have an STD, it significantly increases your risk for contracting HIV. You're certainly not required to take the STD tests, but we strongly recommend it.
What if I test positive for HIV?
HIV is a chronic, life-changing condition, but it is managable with quality medical care, and there are resources available to help you.
If the test reveals an HIV infection, our HIV testing counselors will help you understand the implications of being HIV-positive and tell you about valuable resources, including these free and low-cost services offered at the Center:
And for STDs?
The Center offers free STD treatment, by appoitment, at the McDonald/Wright building on weekdays from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and at The Spot on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday from 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
What do I need to bring?
For a full HIV/STD screening, you should bring your photo ID. Test results are confidential, which means they are tracked by name but seen only by Center medical staff and health officials. You have the option to request a printed report of your results.
If you are not comfortable showing a photo ID, you can be tested for HIV anonymously (without providing your name) at the McDonald/Wright building only. For STD testing, however, a photo ID is always required.
Where should I park?
At the McDonald/Wright building, we offer free, validated parking in the lot next door. After 5 p.m., we have free parking behind the building.
The Spot will validate your parking at the West Hollywood City parking garage at 625 N San Vicente Blvd, next to the new library.
Can I get there using public transportation?
Sure! The McDonald/Wright building is on the Metro Red Line, midway between the Hollywood/Vine stop and the Hollywood/Highland stop.
Several bus lines serve both of the Center's testing locations; visit Metro.net to plan your trip.