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HIV Testing and Treatment

The idea of getting an HIV test may be daunting, but it's actually a very routine - and even easy - test that allows you to make smart decisions. Knowing your HIV status empowers you to protect your health and and the health of those in your community. Nearly 45,000 people are diagnosed with HIV every year, and it's estimated that 30% of new infections are transmitted by people who don't know they have it. By getting tested, you're taking important steps in ensuring your own best care and reducing the spread of the virus.

Everyone at One Medical - from our front desk admins to our skilled phlebotomists and expertly trained providers in our Chicago offices - values and prioritizes confidentiality as well as outstanding care. We take every measure we can to ensure your health information remains private and your experiences in our on-site labs are quick, efficient, and as pain-free as possible.

How often should I get an HIV test?

If you're sexually active and between the ages of 13-64, you should get an HIV test at least once as part of your routine health care. If you have certain risk factors, you may need to get tested more often.

If any of the following apply to you, you should get an HIV test at least once a year:

  • You're a man who's had sex with another man
  • You've had anal or vaginal sex with an HIV-positive partner
  • You've had more than one sex partner since your last HIV test
  • You've injected drugs and shared needles or works with other people
  • You've exchanged sex for drugs or money
  • You've been diagnosed with or treated for another sexually transmitted infection (STI)
  • You've been diagnosed with or treated for Hepatitis or Tuberculosis (TB)
  • You've had sex with someone who has done any of the things listed above or someone whose sexual history you don't know

If any of the following apply to you, you should get an HIV test at least every 6 months, and maybe more often, depending on what you and your doctor discuss:

  • You're a man who is sexually active with other men and/or transgender women
  • You're an injection drug user
  • You're a trans female

What kinds of HIV tests are there?

There are several kinds of HIV tests. The kind we offer at One Medical look for HIV antigens and antibodies. An antigen is a foreign substance that causes your immune system to activate. An antibody is a substance your immune system produces when it detects antigens. It can take 2 to 6 weeks for your body to produce enough antigens and antibodies for the test to detect HIV. If you get tested during this period of time, you should get retested 3 months later.

If you have had a high-risk exposure or have symptoms that can be attributed to acute HIV infection, we can also do viral load testing which looks for the virus itself.

How do I request an HIV test?

You can discuss your interest in getting an HIV test during any appointment with your One Medical provider. They will provide you with an order that you can then use to get the test done at any of our on-site labs, at your convenience.

How do I make an appointment?

One Medical is a membership-based practice that combines the highest level of care with exceptional services. Members support our practice by paying a low annual membership fee of just $199, which provides a full year of access to all of our urgent and primary care services. If you’re ever unhappy with our service, let us know and we’ll refund your current year membership fee.

It takes less than five minutes to join online, and once you sign up, you can book your first appointment online, on the phone, or on our app.

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What is PrEP?

PrEP (short for pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a combination of antiretroviral drugs that can be used by HIV-negative individuals to help prevent HIV infection. One Medical providers encourage high-risk patients to consider PrEP but to keep in mind that the regimen does not protect against other STIs and that safe sexual practices are still an essential part of staying healthy.