About HIV Testing

The Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion provides free, anonymous & confidential HIV Testing for all UCI undergraduate and graduate students.

Appointments are required, please contact Beth at (949) 824-8206 to schedule your appointment. You must be at least 17 years of age to take the test. Do not eat, drink or use oral care products 30 minutes before the test.

Frequently Asked Questions

When can I get tested?

HIV Testing is available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays during Weeks 3, 6, & 8 of the quarter by appointment only. Please contact Beth at (949) 824-8206 to schedule your appointment.

No blood, no needles! Results in 20 minutes!

All parts of the testing process, from making an appointment to getting your result, are completely anonymous.

Should I get tested for HIV?

An individual’s behaviors are what determine whether they are at risk for HIV. In other words, it’s not who you are, it’s what you do. Consider getting tested if:

  • You have had vaginal or anal sex (partial or complete) without using a condom or latex barrier from start to finish.
  • You have had contact with sexual fluids (semen, pre-ejaculate or pre-cum, vaginal and cervical secretions of another person) through mouth to genital touching or by sharing sex toys without using a condom or latex barrier from start to finish.
  • You have had sexual contact with someone whose sexual history indicates possible risk for HIV.
  • You were stuck by a needle, or shared needles or injection equipment with blood on or in them for any reason.

When is the best time for me to get tested?

The test used to detect HIV infection actually looks for antibodies produced by your body to fight HIV. Most people will develop detectable antibodies after 4-12 weeks from infection. In rare cases, it can take up to 6 months. For 99.9% accuracy, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends testing 6 months after the last possible exposure (unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex or sharing needles).

Therefore, if you are worried about exposure to HIV because of a particular partner or sexual behavior, wait at least 3 months and ideally 6 months to test. Keep in mind that you will need to re-test again if you decide to not wait out the full six-month window period.

We encourage you to consult a medical professional or clinic to confirm your test results and any potential limitations.

What do I do before my appointment?

  • Do not eat, drink, or chew anything 30 minutes prior to taking the test.
  • This test is not meant for people who have already tested positive.
  • You must be 17 years of age to take the test.
  • Be sure not to brush your teeth right before your appointment.

What happens during testing?

During the visit each tester meets privately with a trained HIV testing counselor for a brief dialogue about behaviors and partners that might represent HIV risk.

The tester is shown a video on how to properly collect their sample (this video is also posted below).  The tester is provided with an At-Home HIV Test kit and will collect their own sample at the Center for Student Wellness & Health Promotion.

The tester will be able to read their results from the test in about 20 minutes.

After reading the result, the tester will be provided with a follow-up consultation from an HIV test counselor to answer any further questions or learn more about resources that are available.

How is my test sample collected?

The At-Home Testing kit uses a collection device that you place in your mouth for about 3 minutes to gather oral mucosal tranudate (not saliva), a fluid that can be tested for the presence of HIV-1 antibodies.  You will be able to read your test results in 20 minutes.

How long does it take to get my result?

Test results are available in 20 minutes.