Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need insurance to get tested?
No! Caring Communities provides FREE and confidential STD, HIV, and Hepatitis C testing whether someone is insured or not.

What do you test for?
We provide FREE testing for HIV, Hepatitis C, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis.

Why should I get tested for an STD?
Three reasons: health, safety and peace of mind. According to the Centers for Disease Control, around 19 million people will become infected with an STD this year. Many of these people won’t even know it unless they experience symptoms. If you have an STD, getting tested can get you quickly connected to treatment and ongoing care, when appropriate. You’ll be taking an important step to protect your sexual health and the health of your partners, too.

How is HIV passed from one person to another?
HIV transmission can occur when blood, semen, vaginal fluid, or breast milk from an infected person enters the body of an uninfected person.

Can you get or transmit HIV from kissing?
Unless both partners have large open sores in their  mouths, or severely bleeding gums, there is  no HIV transmission risk from mouth-to-mouth kissing.

What is PrEP?
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis is a once-a-day pill to protect those who do not have HIV, but are at risk for contracting it. Please click here for the CDC’s PrEP information.

AND REMEMBER: Taking PrEP only adds protection against HIV transmission, it does not prevent all STDs. We recommend using PrEP in conjunction with another form of protection, like a condom.

Want to know more  information about HIV? Call us toll free at 1-800-758-9150

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