When it comes to knowing your HIV status, sooner is better.
Getting tested is the most important thing you can do for yourself and for others in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Knowing your status empowers you to make informed decisions. People are more likely to use caution if they know they can spread the virus. If you are negative, you can learn how to stay negative. If you are positive, you can seek treatment to live a long and healthy life.
Austin Public Health's HIV Prevention program offers free confidential and anonymous counseling and testing for HIV, for those who are not experiencing symptoms.
Mobile HIV Testing
The MobileHIV testing van goes to various locations throughout Austin. It is equipped with counselors, free HIV/STI testing, community resources, condoms, and other free items. Check the current van schedule on the Where to Get Tested page, or call 512-972-5580. You can also follow us on Facebook at AUSTIN HIV Prevention Program.
Red Ribbon Program
The Red Ribbon program is a free testing service by appointment only. Call 512-972-5580 to schedule an appointment. Rapid HIV tests, as well as tests for Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis and Hepatitis tests are given. The counselor can discuss techniques to help reduce the risk of potential exposures, condom negotiation with partners, and future testing recommendations.
Condom distribution locations include neighborhood centers, barber shops, liquor stores, bars, and other easily accessible local establishments.
Austin Public Health's STD Clinic provides evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, including HIV. To schedule an appointment, call 512.972.5430. Clinic hours are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The fee for examination and treatment is $20. The clinic is located at the first floor of the RBJ Health Center, 15 Waller Street , 78702.
5 Ways to Prevent HIV
Don’t Have Sex: The only sure way to avoid contracting HIV sexually is to avoid sex.
Stay with One Partner: If you and your partner are both HIV negative, being faithful in your monogamous relationship eliminates your risk for HIV infection.
Use Latex Condoms: Always use latex condoms with your partner, especially if you do not know your partner’s HIV status.
Don’t Share Needles and Syringes: HIV can be spread by sharing needles and syringes. If you are using drugs, enroll in a treatment program. If you cannot stop drugs, do not share needles and syringes.
Take PrEp as prescribed by a doctor: Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is when people at very high risk for HIV take HIV medicines daily to lower their chances of getting infected.
Austin Public Health complies with all federal and state laws that pertain to any aspect of the clinical practices or business procedures of the Department. In particular, privacy and security rules relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), along with related state laws, are integral to matters of privacy, medical records, the confidentiality of communications, and other topics addressed throughout these policies and procedures.
Equal Opportunity: We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, income status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status in any programs or activities.