At UHS, you have two options for HIV testing:
1) Rapid HIV Testing:
- There is no record of the test result - it's just so you know your status - and you have the option to test anonymously (without providing identifying information).
- You will meet with an HIV test counselor, either a Wolverine Wellness staff member or a volunteer from our community partner, Unified.
- You can get only the HIV test (no other testing).
- Results are ready in the same visit, 20 minutes after the sample is taken.
- You will do either a rapid fingerstick blood test (if operated by Unified, most Wednesdays, which has a 2-week window period) or a rapid oral swab test (if operated by Wolverine Wellness, most Fridays, which has a 6-week window period). If you have questions about the tests, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. If you require a test with a 2-week window period, conventional testing (see below) is an option.
- Rapid testing takes place in Wolverine Wellness on the lower level of UHS.
- Free for U-M students.
Testing is on Wednesdays and Fridays, 1-3 PM in Wolverine Wellness (UHS lower level, suite 0245). Call (734) 763-1320 to schedule an appointment (same-day appointments may be available). Please note: rapid testing has concluded for the Fall 2019 semester, and will resume in January 2020.
2) Conventional 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 test, results will be ready in several days).
- Fees vary
- Schedule an appointment by calling 734-764-8320.
When to test:
The tests used at UHS look for both HIV antibodies and antigens. Antigens are foreign substances that cause your immune system to activate. The antigen is part of the virus itself and is present during acute HIV infection (the phase of infection right after people are infected but before they develop antibodies to HIV).
Most, but not all people, will make enough antigens and antibodies for the test to accurately detect infection 2 to 6 weeks (13 to 42 days) after the possible exposure to HIV. You can talk to a UHS HIV test counselor about your personal situation.
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 antigen or antibodies found, either because you have not been infected with HIV, or you have not yet developed antigen or antibodies that can be seen on the test. (For most people, antigen or antibodies can be identified on the test within 2 to 6 weeks after infection.)
- Positive means HIV antigen or antibodies were found. A follow-up test will be conducted. If the follow-up test is also positive, 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:
Free safer sex supplies are available to U-M students at UHS Wolverine Wellness (suite 0245, ground level)
Other local test sites, hotlines and more are at Resources for Sexual Health.
STI Assessment for sexually transmitted infections