Getting Tested

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One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from HIV and STDs aside from practicing safe sex is to get routinely tested. Anyone who is sexually active should be tested, at the very least, once a year. If you’re engaging in risky behavior, like having unprotected sex, you may want to get tested more often.

An overwhelming majority of people who contract an STD do not show any signs or symptoms, and HIV can take up to 8-12 years to make an individual sick. That is an awfully long time to be in the dark about your status and in the process you could infect other people. In this section we have provided some information on where you can be tested for STDs.


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San Antonio AIDS Foundation

Testing Office: 333 S. Hackberry St., San Antonio, TX 78203
210-225-4715
www.sanantonioaids.org

  • Offers free HIV and Syphilis testing
  • All tests are confidential
  • Minors ages 13 and up can come in and get tested without parental consent
  • Anonymous testing is available

Hours of Operation
Monday/Wednesday/Thursday: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:30 am to 8:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Saturday: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Did you know? SAAF has a mobile testing unit that lets us test people all over the city.

Did you know? SAAF has a mobile testing unit that lets us test people all over the city.

All clients getting tested will go through a risk assessment with an HIV Testing Counselor. Counselors will ask some personal questions about the client’s sexual history in order to find out how he or she has put themselves at risk, then they are going to give the client ways to reduce that risk. This usually takes about 10 minutes.

SAAF uses the INSTI test for HIV which is a finger stick, just like a glucose test. The test only takes 60 seconds.

Should a client test positive for HIV, the testing counselor will then need to draw blood to send for confirmatory tests as the INSTI test is merely a screening.

Syphilis testing is a blood draw. The Testing Counselor will draw 1 tube of blood from the client and send it to the lab to be processed. This generally takes 5-7 business days to receive the results.


San Antonio Metro Health STD/HIV Clinic

512 E. Highland San Antonio, TX 78210
210-207-8830 or 210-207-8831
sanantonio.gov/health/healthservices/stdservices

Hours of Operation
Monday/Tuesday/Thursday:
 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Wednesday: 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm
Friday: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

  • Patients are seen on a walk-in basis only. You must arrive 30 minutes prior to closing.
  • Must have a current photo I.D. Anonymous testing is NOT available.
  • Fees will vary depending on services provided. STD charges follow the current Medicaid rate; however, special arrangements will be considered.

UHSUniversity Health Systems

UHS has many locations throughout San Antonio:

  • UHS- Kenwood Clinic 302 Dora San Antonio, TX 78212
  • UHS- Salinas Clinic 630 S. General McMullen San Antonio, TX 78237
  • UHS- South Flores Clinic 7902 S. Flores San Antonio, TX 78221
  • UHS- Zarzamora Clinic 4503 S. Zarzamora San Antonio, TX 78221

210-358-8255
www.universityhealthsystem.com

Hours of Operation
Monday-Thursday: 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
Friday:  9:30 am to 4:00 pm

University Health Systems offer STD testing and treatment, HPV vaccines, pregnancy testing, family planning, and birth control. Cost for services is based on health insurance or income. All services for individuals 17 years old and younger are free.