We are excited to announce that our Castro office in San Francisco is offering free rapid HIV testing on Saturday, October 11. Any and all are welcome on a drop-in basis, including non-One Medical members. Testing will be fully confidential.
How does rapid HIV testing work?
A phlebotomist will administer the blood test in our office and results will be ready within 30 minutes. You’re welcome to read a magazine and enjoy a snack provided in our waiting room while you wait, or grab a cup of coffee down the street and come back.
Once your results are ready, you will meet with a provider to go over them. If your results are positive, a provider will walk you through next steps, spending as much time with you as you need.
How accurate is rapid HIV testing?
Rapid HIV blood testing, like non-rapid testing, is very accurate.
Positive results: A positive result on a rapid HIV test is considered a “preliminary positive” and requires additional testing. Providers will work with you to get the best follow-up care.
Negative results: Keep in mind that it can take up to six months for the HIV virus to show up on any test, so you may receive a negative result if you have been newly infected. If the test comes back negative and you are concerned that you may be infected, ask the provider you meet with when you should repeat the test.
Does One Medical normally offer rapid HIV testing?
No, we typically administer the non-rapid HIV test in our offices. Results come back in about a week.
Why are we offering this service?
Expanding access to high-quality HIV care is important to us. We recognize that many members of our community don’t have access to HIV testing, which can be expensive without insurance. Our providers and staff are volunteering their time to make this event possible.
- Free, confidential, rapid HIV testing
- Open to non-members
- Results in 30 minutes or less
Where: One Medical Group located at 595 Castro St., San Francisco
When: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday, October 11 only
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