where should i get testing?

  • helion26

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    Nov 07, 2011 6:54 AM GMT
    so i am planning to get tested soon, but not sure if i want to go to a clinic or hospital. i'm a grad student and my school does offer it for free, but not sure if i want my test to be associated w/ school even though it is confidential. i did std testing at school, but i couldn't answer the questions truthfully and want to avoid that again. same w/ going to a clinic where i would have to show ID and such. i did do a home test, which came out negative, but want to get tested properly and from a health professional. is there a difference w/ home test and doing it at a clinic? any advice on where i should go in nyc?
  • Bowyn_Aerrow

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    Nov 07, 2011 6:29 PM GMT
    Department of public health in most counties/towns/cities do the test for free, it is 'double blind' when it comes to identity of the donor, meaning they use a two part system to insure privacy.

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    Nov 07, 2011 6:43 PM GMT
    I do at home every 6 months.icon_smile.gif
  • Latenight30

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    Nov 08, 2011 2:01 PM GMT
    Find a doctor that you can be honest with. What are you going to do if something does come up, a bump, a rash, a fever?
    Being gay does have risks, and we have accepted them.
    You aren't doing yourself any justice or your health any justice if you can't be honest with a medical professional. They aren't there to judge you, only help you.
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    Nov 08, 2011 2:13 PM GMT
    helion26 saidso i am planning to get tested soon, but not sure if i want to go to a clinic or hospital. i'm a grad student and my school does offer it for free, but not sure if i want my test to be associated w/ school even though it is confidential. i did std testing at school, but i couldn't answer the questions truthfully and want to avoid that again. same w/ going to a clinic where i would have to show ID and such. i did do a home test, which came out negative, but want to get tested properly and from a health professional. is there a difference w/ home test and doing it at a clinic? any advice on where i should go in nyc?


    Well the fist thing you are gonna have to do when answering tests concerning your health is to answer them truthfully and honestly so that anyone dealing with your health can better serve you and not misdiagnose you. You need to get over your fears because quite literally your health is at risk.

    A home test is only gonna tell you so much and doesn't do everything. You just need to ask yourself one important question: How important is your health to you? That should weed out the middle man for you and put things in perspective a little bit better. Find a doctor who you trust and go from there. You are gonna be getting yearly exams anyway so you might as well make the most of it and take full advantage of the system while it's available to you. The longer you wait the harder it is to fix a problem (if there is one). Your health is never something you should procrastinate with especially if it can put someone else at risk.
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    Nov 08, 2011 2:30 PM GMT
    Theres websites that have local gay friendly services, theres bound to be somewhere that does the rapid test for free.

    Or if you're wigged out because u dont want ppl knowing ur testing for HIV go in and say u want to do a whole STD screening
  • helion26

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    Nov 10, 2011 6:02 AM GMT
    thanks for the advice. i think i should go see a professional and answer truthfully. i'm glad there's a place like this where i can share my fears.
  • Latenight30

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    Nov 10, 2011 3:34 PM GMT
    Just be smart and have fun.. If it doesn't seem right, it probably isn't.
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    Nov 10, 2011 4:06 PM GMT
    helion26 said...is there a difference w/ home test and doing it at a clinic? any advice on where i should go in nyc?

    If you want the surest results, have a blood draw from a clinic, hospital or doctor's office. Mouth swabs give the quickest results but are a little less reliable. That's what most free clinics and other agencies offer.

    "Confidential" is a relative term. It may be confidential that you were tested, but positive results must often be reported by name to the State Health Department (or equivalent). So it's really not confidential at all, a product of mostly Republican state legislatures & Governors wanting to keep lists of all the positive gays during the early days of the AIDS crisis, with an eye towards isolating HIV infected persons from the general population. Those requirements remain on the books in many places, although imposing HIV quarantining remains only a Republican dream that has never been implemented.

    I used to have that in a State in which I lived, but their lax local procedures allowed me to provide an alias and false address, with no ID check. They gave your results in person, so the phony mailing address wasn't a problem.

    Verify with providers in New York what happens if you get a positive result. You may want to stay with a home test, rather than be entered into a government data base.