HIV, STDs Prevention FAQs

Where can I get HIV and STD tested?

  • Los Angeles LGBT Center-WeHo, Center South and McDonald/Wright.
  • Local health clinics or community health centers.
  • Center of Disease Control and Prevention. Find the nearest location near you by visiting https://gettested.cdc.gov/

What types of tests are available and how does testing work?

There are three types of tests available: nucleic acid tests (NAT), antigen/antibody tests, and antibody tests. HIV tests are typically performed on blood or oral fluid. They may also be performed on urine.

How long do I wait for results?

With a rapid antibody screening test, usually done with blood from a finger prick or with oral fluid, results are ready in 30 minutes or less.

What causes sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?

STDs can be caused by bacteria, viruses, and parasites.

Who is affected by sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)?

Most STDs affect both men and women, but in many cases the health problems they cause can be more severe for women. If a pregnant woman has an STD, it can cause serious health problems for the baby.

Where can I get free condoms?

How do I talk with my partner about testing?

  • Getting tested is not about cheating or trust, it’s about clarity and safety.
  • The best time to talk about testing is before you become sexually active.  Getting tested with a new partner is important and is a way to prevent STDs.

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