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The Damien CenterDamien Cares, and Walgreens will be closed on December 24th-December 26th and December 31st-January 1st. Normal hours to resume January 2nd. 

Testing Hours: The Joseph F. Miller Testing Center will be closed on December 22nd. Additionally, on December 21st and December 28th, we will only be conducting HIV tests (no STI testing). Normal hour to resume on January 2nd. 

HIV Testing: Should I Get Tested?

HIV Testing: Should I Get Tested?Our trained testing team recommends that if you have had multiple casual sex partners in the course of a few months, you should get tested every three months. Most sexually active people should get tested every six months. People in monogamous relationships may use their own discretion, but we recommend testing once per year. Not sure how often you should be tested for HIV? Please call our testing desk at 317-632-0123, visit our testing center, or talk to your health care provider.

According to the CDC, the following behaviors increase your chances of getting HIV. If you answer yes to any of these questions, you should be tested for HIV. 

  • Have you injected drugs or steroids or shared equipment (such as needles, syringes, works) with others?
  • Have you had unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex with men who have sex with men, multiple partners, or anonymous partners?
  • Have you exchanged sex for drugs or money?
  • Have you been diagnosed with or treated for hepatitis, tuberculosis (TB), or a sexually transmitted infection (STI), like syphilis?
  • Have you had unprotected sex with someone who could answer yes to any of the above questions?
  • If you have had sex with someone whose history of sex partners and/or drug use is unknown to you or if you or your partner has had many sex partners, then you have more of a chance of being infected with HIV. Both you and your new partner should get tested for HIV, and learn the results, before having sex for the first time.

For women who plan to become pregnant, testing is even more important. If a woman is HIV+, medical care and certain drugs given during pregnancy can lower the chance of passing HIV to her baby. All women who are pregnant should be tested during each pregnancy.

Come in for free and confidential testing today! Our friendly testing team is here to help.