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Reserve A Spot At Harbor Health’s HIV Rapid Testing Clinic in May!

1st May 2021

UPDATE: Free HIV rapid testing clinic at Daniel Driscoll – Neponset Health Center

Harbor Health will host HIV Rapid Testing Clinic in May!

Reserve Your Rapid Test

The upcoming HIV Rapid Testing Clinic will take place 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM inside a designated area of Daniel Driscoll – Neponset Health Center.

Space is limited and reservations are required using a first name or alias.  You can  reserve your spot by calling (617) 533-2228.

May Clinic

The fast, free, and confidential clinic is open to anyone in the community who needs to know their HIV status. 

No insurance is required and you do not need to be a Harbor Health patient to get tested.  The HIV rapid test is a finger stick test and you receive results in 20 minutes or less.

To support safe physical distancing and sanitizing, please reserve a spot at using a first name or alias or call (617) 533-2228.

Do you need more immediate assistance with a rapid HIV test? Please call (617) 533-2228 and we will try to help you.

Where Will the HIV Rapid Testing Clinic Take Place?

The monthly HIV rapid testing clinic will take place inside Harbor’s Dorchester community health centers.  Please review the check in process for the rapid testing clinic.

PLEASE NOTE: Everyone will be screened for COVID symptoms prior to getting an HIV rapid test.  Please wear a mask or face covering to the clinic or Harbor Health will provide one to you when you arrive if you do not have one.

To check-in at Geiger Gibson:

  • Go through the front entrance and meet the greeter.
  • Tell the greeter that you are here for the rapid testing clinic.
  • The greeter will direct you to the elevator.
  • Follow the signs pointing to the testing room on the second floor of the health center.

To check-in at Daniel Driscoll – Neponset:

  • Go through the back entrance and meet the greeter.
  • Tell the greeter that you are here for the rapid testing clinic.
  • The greeter will let us know you are here.
  • One of our prevention specialists will you to the second floor to the testing room.

During the clinic, Harbor Health’s HIV prevention specialists will also answer sexual health questions, offer health resources, and provide safer sex supplies.

Should You Get an HIV Test?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. 

People at higher risk for HIV should get tested more often.

Are you at higher risk for HIV?

According to the CDC, you should get an HIV test as soon as possible if you were HIV-negative the last time you were tested, the test was more than one year ago, and can answer yes to any of the following questions:

  • Are you a man who has had sex with another man?
  • Have you had sex—anal or vaginal—with a partner who has HIV?
  • Have you had more than one sex partner since your last HIV test?
  • Have you injected drugs and shared needles, syringes, or other drug injection equipment (for example, cookers) with others?
  • Have you exchanged sex for drugs or money?
  • Have you been diagnosed with or treated for another sexually transmitted disease?
  • Have you been diagnosed with or treated for hepatitis or tuberculosis (TB)?
  • Have you had sex with someone who could answer yes to any of the above questions or someone whose sexual history you don’t know?

The CDC also recommends people at higher risk get tested for HIV every 3-6 months.  Watch the video below to learn more about how often to check your HIV status.

Knowing Your HIV Status Is an Important Part of Staying Healthy!

Have questions about Harbor Health’s HIV Rapid Testing Clinic? Please call (617) 533-2228 to speak with an HIV prevention specialist.

Reserve your spot at the next fast, free, and confidential HIV rapid testing clinic, click here or call now!