HealthNet Offers Free Rapid HIV Testing

12/1/2023

HealthNet is offering free HIV testing the week of February 19th, 2024 at several locations:

Testing is available to anyone 13 and older. Walk-ins are welcome. No appointment is needed. The confidential testing includes a finger prick with results available in about 5 minutes. No insurance or I.D. is required. 

It’s important to know your status and to be tested regularly. One in seven people living with HIV are undiagnosed and don't realize that they have the virus.

Who Can Get HIV?

Anyone can get HIV, but there are some people who are at higher risk:

  • Trans women and men who have sex with men are at high risk.
  • One in 16 Black men are at risk of becoming HIV positive in their lifetime, and one in 30 Black women are, too.
  • A quarter of Latino men who have sex with men (MSM) and half of Black MSM will likely be diagnosed with HIV within their lifetime.

When Should I Get Tested?

You can test positive for HIV even if you don’t have any symptoms, even up to 10 years later. That’s why it’s so important for everyone between age 14–64 to get tested once in their lifetime.

If you’re sexually active, you should get tested once a year. Receptive anal sex puts you at a higher risk, but you can get it through vaginal sex, too.

If you’re a trans woman or a man who has sex with men, you should get tested once every 3 months.

For more information, contact the HealthNet HIV Services team at 317.957.2972 or by email at HIVservices@indyhealthnet.org.