Free & Anonymous HIV Testing - Student Health Center
Free and anonymous HIV testing has resumed with results available within two weeks.
- Tuesdays, 11:00am-2:00pm
- Student Health Center, Room 7302, Building 7, third floor, Fremont campus
- No appointments necessary - walk-in basis only
- Results ready in 2 weeks
- No needles - we use the Orasure Method
No appointments are necessary. We welcome all students, staff, and faculty. HIV testing is not available to the general public at Ohlone College. If you are not a student at Ohlone or an employee of Ohlone, please refer to the Toll-free, Confidential HIV Line in Alameda County.
It is a completely free test done on a first come, first served basis. Results are ready in two weeks and can only be given to the tested individual in person (no phone calls). It is an anonymous testing, meaning we do not take your name down and nothing will be written in your medical chart. Testing is performed by a State of California Certified HIV/AIDS Test Counselor.
We are pleased to present to you the Orasure Method, the Oral HIV Antibody Testing System. Orasure is an oral fluid collection system that requires no needles or blood work. The method is highly accurate (99.97%) and reliable. Using a swab, the test draws out HIV Antibodies (not the virus) from the tissues of the cheek and gum for two minutes. It does not collect salvia, but rather sample called oral mucosal transudate (Omt). This is an easy and painless method because it takes away some of the fears involving needles and blood. Additionally, the provider is not at risk for unintentional transmission when using this method.
Many people have different reasons why they choose to get an HIV test. Here are some reasons you may consider getting tested:
- You have or had vaginal, anal or oral sex with those whose sexual or medical history you don't know.
- You have or had unprotected sex (e.g. sexual activity without latex condoms).
- You have been raped or sexually assaulted.
- You share or have shared needles.
- You have or had unprotected sex with a person with HIV or at risk for HIV.
- You are a woman considering pregnancy.
- You have been recently diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease (STD).
- You are thinking of having sex with a new partner and want to be sure neither of you have HIV.
- You just simply want to know your HIV status.
- You have questions and want to learn more about HIV, HIV transmission, and how to protect yourself and your partner(s).
Alameda County Starts HIV Line: 888-448-2999
In an effort to reach those at risk for HIV, the Alameda County Public Health Department this month re-launched an information hotline on HIV testing and prevention resources. The confidential line provides referrals for HIV testing, needle exchange sites, and alcohol and drug services. In both English and Spanish, callers can also find out about support programs for women, youth and those who are HIV-positive or are concerned about contracting the disease. "The line is a critical link in the dissemination of information about HIV, which continues to infect Alameda County residents each year," said Maria Aguilar, program director at the county Office of AIDS. About 7,000 people in the county have been diagnosed with AIDS since the epidemic began, although the number living with HIV is thought to be much higher. The toll-free, confidential line is 888-448-2999, and it provides information on services in Oakland, San Leandro, Hayward, Fremont, Union City and Pleasanton.
Oakland Tribune article published December 10, 2003.