HIV Antibody Testing
UHS offers two options for HIV testing:
1. Anonymous HIV Testing:
- There is no record of the test result, and you don't have to provide identifying information.
- You will meet with an HIV test counselor, usually a trained graduate student.
- You can get only the HIV test (no other testing).
- You will do an oral rapid test. Results are ready 20 minutes after the sample is taken. For accuracy, please wait 15 minutes after food, drink or gum, and 30 minutes after brushing, flossing or using other dental care products.
- Free for currently enrolled U-M students, $20 for others.
- Sept - April: Monday - Friday 1-3 PM by appointment (walk-ins are taken if the schedule allows). To schedule, call 734-763-1320 or stop by Health Promotion (2nd floor).
- May - Aug: Tues, Wed and Thurs 1-3 pm by appointment. Same-day appointments may be available. To schedule, call 734-763-1320 or stop by Health Promotion (2nd floor).
2. Confidential HIV Test:
- The result will be part of your medical record and a copy available for your use.
- You will meet with a UHS clinician or nurse.
- You can combine HIV testing with other services, or it can be done alone.
- A conventional blood test is used (no rapid or oral confidential test).
- Free for currently enrolled U-M students, fees vary for others.
- Schedule an appointment by calling 734-764-8320.
When to test: For most people, we recommend that you test 3-6 months after your last possible exposure (for example unprotected sex). The test looks for antibodies to HIV, not for the virus, and the body takes time to develop antibodies (50% of people develop antibodies at 1 month, 97% of people at 3 months, virtually 100% of people at 6 months). If you test earlier than 3-6 months, you may need to repeat the test. You can talk to a UHS HIV test counselor about your personal situation.
Why test? Take the test if you have been exposed to another person's blood, semen, vaginal fluids or breast milk, for example through unprotected sex (vaginal, anal or oral) or sharing injection drug equipment.
Benefits of testing include:
- Reduced anxiety about your health
- Information about risk, safer sex, etc.
- Earlier medical care if you are infected
The meaning of test results:
- Negative means no HIV antibodies found, either because you have not been infected with HIV, or you have not yet developed antibodies. (Antibodies develop within six months after infection.)
- Positive means HIV antibodies were found. HIV is present and you are able to infect others. It does not necessarily mean that you have symptoms.
- Indeterminate means that the test result is unclear and should be repeated.
For more information:
- Call 734-647-4657 or email ContactUHS@umich.edu
- Free condoms and a selection of other safer sex products are available to UM students at UHS Health Promotion and Community Relations (room 2110)
- Resources for Sexual Health lists other local HIV test sites, hotlines and more
- Emergency Contraception
- Pregnancy Testing
- STI Assessment for sexually transmitted infection / diseases