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HIV Counseling and Testing Services

Clinical testing is the only way to determine if a person is infected with HIV. The Broome County Health Department uses rapid testing. This means that we have an HIV test result during your visit. Early diagnosis and treatment can improve the quality of life for a person with the virus. HIV testing is available through the STD Clinic (607.778.2839) but there are times set aside just for HIV testing with trained HIV test counselors.

If anonymous testing is wanted, you may call 1.800.562.9423 to make an appointment for HIV testing at the Broome County Health Department, Southern Tier AIDS Program, or throughout the region. Specially trained staff can provide information and programs about HIV/AIDS to individuals and groups.

Key Facts to Know Before Getting an HIV Test


Policy Issues


Billing

Click here for a Full List of Participating Health Plans and Billing Information. 

HIV Anonymous Testing is Free of Charge.


Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is for people who do not have HIV. Individuals at risk for HIV infection take a daily pill that contains HIV antiretroviral medication to reduce their risk of becoming infected. PrEP studies show significant reduction in HIV acquisition among HIV-negative persons who use PrEP and are offered a package of prevention, care and support services

 


Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

What Is PEP? If you are HIV-negative and you believe you have just been exposed to HIV, PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) is medication you can take that may prevent HIV infection. PEP works best if taken within 36 hours of exposure. If you think you were exposed to HIV, go to a hospital emergency room (ER) right away and bring this information with you. Or, if you can talk with your primary care provider right away, call as soon as possible if you:

  • Didn't use a condom -- or the condom broke or slipped off -- during anal or vaginal sex with someone who is HIV positive or who may be HIV positive.
  • Had unprotected oral sex with someone who you know is HIV positive or someone whose HIV status you don’t know. (You are less likely to get HIV from oral sex.)
  • Shared needles or other drug injection equipment.
  • Were raped or sexually assaulted.

What can you expect when you go to get PEP?

Questions about your exposure --- answering honestly will help you and the provider figure out your risk.

  • An HIV test.
  • Tests for sexually transmitted diseases.
  • Offers of a pregnancy test and birth control, if appropriate.
  • A prescription for PEP, if needed.
  • Information about the next steps you should take.

Click here to find a  PEP/PrEP Provider in your area