HIV Testing

Callen-Lorde offers free rapid and routine HIV testing to existing patients and non-patients. Call 212-271-7200 to schedule an appointment or check our calendar for walk-in hours

Rapid Testing

  • Rapid testing for HIV means that you will receive your result on the same day. With rapid HIV testing at Callen-Lorde, you can receive your results in 20 minutes or less.
  • A small amount of blood will be collected for the test. A small lancet (needle) is used to prick the fingertip to obtain the sample for the test.
  • During the appointment, we will also ask questions to determine your HIV risk behaviors and come up with a plan to help you reduce your risk.
  • You can walk in just for HIV testing, or you can ask for an HIV test as part of your appointment with your medical provider.
  • All testing at Callen-Lorde is confidential. For an anonymous testing location, ask the front desk staff or call 1-800-TALK-HIV.
  • Our rapid HIV tests are 99.8% accurate.
  • A positive result from a rapid test is a preliminary result and is followed by a second, confirmatory test.

At Callen-Lorde Community Health Center, we believe everyone should know their HIV status. That means every person, regardless of risk, should be tested for HIV and a part of routine lab screening like any other blood work that is done during an annual physical exam.

Patients do not have to have an HIV test, but will be offered an HIV test during most routine medical visits for your convenience. Callen-Lorde will also continue to have HIV Counseling & Testing appointments and patients can opt to test through those appointments.

If you test positive for HIV at Callen-Lorde, we will offer you medical, case coordination, and mental health services to help keep you healthy.

Our Approach

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center is an affirming, sex positive environment. We understand the importance of a full and satisfying sex life. While trying to help you reduce your risks, our counselors remain non-judgmental and supportive. Callen-Lorde can meet your comprehensive health needs whether you are HIV positive or negative and regardless of ability to pay. We encourage everyone to obtain routine and preventive health care, including HIV testing.

Callen-Lorde believes that rapid testing for HIV is an important advance in prevention and early treatment of HIV disease. We are committed to offering HIV testing in a supportive and professional manner for our community.