- HIV Testing Information
- HIV/AIDS HOTLINE
- HIV/AIDS Resource Guide
- Provider Resources
HIV Testing - Why test?
- An HIV test is the only way to tell whether or not a person has HIV. People can be infected for many years without symptoms. A person cannot tell if their sex or needle-sharing partners have HIV just by looking at them. All people at risk for HIV are encouraged to get tested.
- Testing helps people learn their HIV status and can be a first step to medical care and better health outcomes. Some testing services include risk reduction counseling and links to resources for people with HIV or at increased risk.
- People with HIV who take medicine as prescribed to lower their viral load have a much lower risk of spreading the virus to their partners.
HIV Testing in Vermont - Where can I get tested?
There are a number of ways that you can get an HIV test.
- Ask any medical provider for an HIV test.
- Seek testing at medical clinics such as Federally Qualified Health Centers, Planned Parenthood sites, and others.
- Access free testing and counseling at a number of community based organizations, AIDS service organizations, or Vermont Department of Health offices (search for sites at www.healthvermont.gov, www.gettestedvermont.com, or call the in-state HIV Hotline at 800.822.2437, M-F, 8:00-4:00pm).
- Use a home testing kit purchased from a pharmacy or drugstore.
HIV Testing Options
One way to test for HIV is with a Conventional Test. When you have one of these tests a sample of blood or oral fluid (not saliva) is collected and sent to a lab for testing. You will get a result in about two weeks.
A second way to test is the Rapid Test. When you have one of these tests a sample of blood or oral fluid (not saliva) is collected and screened. A test result is available in about 20 minutes. If the result is "reactive" then you will need a Conventional Test to confirm the result. This means that a sample of blood or oral fluid will be sent to a lab and you will get a result within two weeks.
Free, anonymous oral fluid tests (both Conventional and Rapid) are available throughout Vermont; the health department pays for these tests.
Home HIV Testing Resources
If you have used a home HIV test and have a reactive result, follow manufacturer instructions. If you have any questions about your home test or would like to talk with a trained HIV counselor, please call the in-state HIV Hotline at 800.822.2437 (M-F, 8:00-4:00pm). We can help connect you with free confirmatory testing, resources and support.
- 800-882-AIDS (800-882-2437) toll-free within Vermont
Answered weekdays (except holidays), 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Vermont HIV/AIDS Resource Guide (pdf)
An easy to use guide to HIV/AIDS resources in Vermont, organized by county. The resource guide includes information about HIV prevention, counseling, testing, and referral programs, as well as services for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Poster: Eat right, Exercise, Get your HIV test
Encourage your patients to get more information:
Have them visit 11years.org or call 800-882-2437
HIV takes about 11 years to turn into AIDS. You could be completely symptom free during that time.
Sex with multiple partners or sharing needles puts you at risk for HIV.
Ask for your HIV test today.
- Guidelines for Universal HIV Counseling and Voluntary HIV Testing
These guidelines for health care providers were developed by the Health Department in consultation with a panel of Vermont leaders in obstetrics and HIV treatment.
- Summary and Reference Table
- Provider Flow Chart
- Display Poster: HIV Testing for Pregnant Women - 4 MB
Developed by the Health Department, this poster promotes testing among pregnant women and women considering pregnancy.
- HIV Testing in Healthcare Settings
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention HIV Testing Web site.