What are HIV and AIDS?
AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome and is caused by HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). If you are infected with HIV, you will begin to produce HIV antibodies. The test for HIV looks for these antibodies. Being HIV-positive is not the same thing as having AIDS. A person is said to have AIDS when their T-cell count has dropped below 200, or when they have an opportunistic infection.
HIV cannot be spread through simple physical contact. The virus is not found in sweat. HIV requires the transfer of bodily fluids such as blood, semen, vaginal secretions, and maternal milk to be spread to another individual.
Where can I get tested for HIV/AIDS?
Circle of Hope 215 NW Monroe Ave Tuesday, 1pm-5pm Westminister House 101 NW 3rd St. Fridays, 10am-2pm Or call Chris for an appointment at (541) 766-6209.
Valley AIDS Information Nework (VAIN)
Information on: AIDS prevention, testing
sexually transmitted diseases
referrals for medical and social services in Benton and Linn counties and elsewhere in Oregon.
First Christian Church, 602 SW Madison Ave., room 17, Corvallis: Tuesdays from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Enter from rear of church.
Westminster House, 101 NW 23rd St., Corvallis: Fridays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Day Center, 2685 NW Taylor St., Corvallis: Thursdays from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. By appointment only.
United Christian Church, 150 Grant St., Lebanon: Alternate Thursdays from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm; call 541-258-5911.
Linn County Department Of Health Services, 314 4th Ave, Albany: Alternate Mondays starting from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm; call 541-967-3888.
~Taken from the VAIN website http://www.valleyaidsinfo.org/
What is the difference between confidential and anonymous testing?
Confidential testing means your name will be printed on the test request and test results. The test results are included in your confidential medical record in an envelope separate from any other medical information. Test results cannot be released without a written authorization specifically requesting your HIV antibody test results. Anonymous testing means a random identification number is used to request the test and is printed on the test result. Your name is not used in the testing process or in records relating to the HIV testing.