HIV & STI Testing
Student Health Promotion collaborates with the Fulton and DeKalb County Health Departments and the Georgia Department of Public Health to offer free and confidential rapid HIV testing along with sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis.
How do Georgia State University students get free HIV and STI testing?
- Call 404-413-1577 to schedule an appointment, on the Atlanta campus.
- Visit the Mobile Health Clinic, on the Perimeter campuses (the mobile clinic is on each campus monthly during the fall and spring semesters).
- Attend a large HIV/AIDS awareness day testing event. Anyone is welcome to get free and confidential testing at these events. Additional education will be provided associated with the specific awareness day. All testing events are 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the Atlanta campus.
- September 17 Student Center West Suite 460 & 462 – National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
- October 14 Student Center East Court Salon – National Latinx HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
- November 4 Student Center East Court Salon – #HealthIsPowerGSU Day
- Student organizations and campus partners can sign up to host their own educational table at the event, to coincide with the theme of the awareness day.
What does HIV and STI testing involve?
HIV testing is completed using the INSTi HIV 1-HIV 2 Antibody Test – a rapid point-of-care HIV testing solution.
- A drop of blood is collected by using a lancet to prick the finger.
- Reliable results are available in one minute.
- A positive reaction to the rapid test requires a confirming blood test.
- A negative reaction may mean a person does not have HIV or it’s too soon yet to tell.
STI testing is completed using a sample of urine.
- A urine sample is collected (pee in a cup) or a self-swab of the vagina, urethra, throat or rectum.
- Results are available in 7 to 10 business days.
- Students with a positive test are called to schedule a treatment appointment with the Student Health Clinic.
Why should students get tested for HIV and STIs?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends every person between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested at least once, to know their HIV status. It is estimated that about half of people between 13 and 24 years of age are unaware of their HIV status and may be unknowingly transmitting the virus to other people.
STI testing is necessary for anyone that has had vaginal, anal, or oral sex. Most of the time STIs have no symptoms and testing is the way to determine if a person has a STI.