HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, is the virus that is responsible for the disease known as AIDS. HIV can be transmitted when an uninfected person comes in contact with blood, semen, vaginal secretions, or breast milk of an HIV infected person. Most HIV transmission occurs during sexual activities—oral, anal, and vaginal—and when sharing infected needles. The best ways to avoid becoming infected with HIV are to abstain from sex and to never share needles. If you choose to engage in sexual activity, you can reduce your risk of becoming infected with HIV by using condoms with each and every sexual encounter. If you have engaged in behavior that involved the exchange of blood, semen, or vaginal secretions, you may want to consider being tested for HIV.
Please note that both the finger stick and blood test are confidential, not anonymous, HIV antibody tests.
In conjunction with the Council of Community Service's Drop-In Center, Schiffert Health Center offers free, confidential HIV testing to students on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from 9:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Finger stick tests will be used. Students must make an appointment to be tested.
The HIV blood test is also available through the Medical Clinic by appointment. There is a fee for this.