HIV Testing

FREE RAPID AND CONFIDENTIAL TESTING

The only way to know for sure whether you have HIV is to get tested.

It’s recommended that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care. Knowing your HIV status gives you powerful information to help you take steps to keep you and your partner healthy.

About 1 in 7 people in the United States who have HIV don’t know they have it.

Community Health Center of West Palm Beach will assist you in getting tested and, if positive, finding you proper medical and emotional support.

Rapid HIV Test

It is a screening test that detects the presence of HIV antibodies in a person’s body by testing serum (blood or oral fluid). The body’s immune system produces these antibodies when infected with HIV, therefore, you would not have HIV antibodies if you are not infected with HIV.  

The Rapid HIV Tests is a simple finger prick, and results are available in 15 minutes.

Cost

The HIV Rapid test is completely FREE to any resident of Palm Beach County. You should re-test approximately every 3 – 4 months as part of a regular wellness routine.

Hours of Operation

Monday and Wednesday: 8 am – 3:30 pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 8 am – 7 pm
Friday: 8 am – 12 pm

No appointment is necessary to get tested. Only picture ID required.

Clinic is located at:
2100 W. 45th Street,
Suite A-8, Second Floor
West Palm Beach, FL 33407

Any questions call us: 561-840-8681

Accuracy of Rapid HIV Test

The Rapid HIV Test is just as reliable as standard testing done in labs. Chance of false positive results: There is a 0.4% chance (4 out of 1,000) that the Rapid HIV Test will produce a falsely positive or “reactive” result.  This means that 99.6% of the time a “reactive” result will indicate a true HIV-positive result. Therefore, with all reactive results, a confirmatory test is given to determine if the person is actually HIV-positive.

Chance of false negative results:  There is a 0% chance of getting a falsely negative or “non-reactive” result. This means that if your test is non-reactive (negative), then no HIV antibodies are detectable in your body at the time.  However, if you have had a recent exposure (within the past 3 months), the negative result might not be a true indicator of your HIV status and re-testing is recommended after the window period has passed.

Confidentiality Of Test

All HIV testing sessions are confidential, meaning that the information exchanged between the client and the Community Health Center of West Palm Beach will not be shared with anyone else. Your record is private information and only people who provide you with services in this clinic and the Palm Beach Health Department have access to it.

We Need Your Help

Our services rely on contributions from our community.

If you are able to donate to the Community Health Center, please do so here.

If you are able to volunteer with us and might be interested in being trained to conduct a Rapid HIV Test and educate patients on current HIV information, please contact us here.