Know Your Status!
Keystone’s HIV Program provides FREE, CONFIDENTIAL HIV TESTING to the public.
Testing is provided at Keystone Community Health Services located at 111 Chambers Hill Drive, Suite 102, Chambersburg, PA 17201.
Walk-in testing is available Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 11 am, and 1 pm to 3 pm, as time allows. We recommend making an appointment to ensure we can see you at your preferred date and time.
Testing is done by oral swab and requires no blood draw. Testing includes education about preventing HIV infection. Call (717) 709-7909 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Why Should You Get Tested?
It is now recommended that everyone age 13 to 64 include a screening test for HIV as part of their regular healthcare. If you are pregnant or have any of the following risks, it is even more important to be tested.
Behaviors that put you at risk of HIV
Have you ever . . . ?
- Had sex (vaginal, oral or anal) with either a man or a woman without using a condom?
- Had an STD?
- Used IV drugs or had a partner who used IV drugs?
- Been tattooed with unsterilized needles or had body piercing?
- Exchanged blood by cutting or biting?
- Had a blood transfusion in another country or in the U.S. before 1985?
- Had more than one sex partner at a time?
- Received or had sex for drugs or money?
Once you have been tested
All results are confidential and you must return to Keystone to pick up the results in person. No results can be given by phone.
If HIV antibodies are found, the test is positive. Having a positive result does not mean you will become sick immediately or that you have AIDS. A follow-up test is done to confirm the results.
If no HIV antibodies are found, the test is negative. However, if it has been less than 3 months since you had a risky behavior, you could still be infected and should be tested again at a later date.
An indeterminate result means you should be tested again.
Remember: the test is able to detect the antibodies your body makes to fight HIV if you have been infected.
If the test shows you are not infected: The free counseling that is part of the testing visit will teach you how to prevent becoming infected with HIV.
If the test shows you are infected: Keystone HIV Program can help you get the care you need.
You can get early treatment that will help delay or prevent AIDS or other serious infections. Early detection is the key to maintaining health for HIV+ individuals.
- Keystone has doctors that specialize in the treatment of HIV.
- The free counseling will teach you how to avoid spreading the HIV virus.
- If you are pregnant or want to get pregnant, you can take advantage of treatments that reduce the risk to your baby.