Free Rapid HIV Testing


We offer FREE rapid HIV testing by appointment on Thursdays during Preterm’s sexual health clinic. Please call us at 216-991-4000 to make an appointment or ask questions.


Rapid HIV Testing FAQ

How is a rapid HIV test done?

  • Either a quick finger prick or a swab on the inside of your cheek. It takes about 20 minutes to get your results.

  • You will get a written copy of your results, and we will have a copy of your records in Preterm’s secure, confidential electronic health records.


What does a negative test mean?

  • It means no antibodies to the HIV virus were found. However, you may need to take another test if you have had unsafe sex or shared needles in the last three months. It can sometimes take as long as six months for antibodies to show up on a test.

  • If you are a candidate for PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), we will work with you to connect you to PrEP services in your area.


What does a positive test mean?

  • A positive test does not mean you have AIDS, it means you have the virus that can lead to AIDS, which can take up to 10 years to develop. It also means you could pass the virus to someone else through sexual contact or sharing needles.

  • If the test is positive, we will do a second rapid test. If the second test is positive, we will immediately connect you to early intervention services in the Cleveland area. They can start providing services for you within 24-48 hours.