If you've been to Columbus OH drug rehab or are in recovery for substance abuse, have you thought about getting tested for HIV? Unfortunately, there are many connections between substance abuse and HIV.
If you want to get tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases for free, keep reading for key information on the resources that are available to you. Do you know someone that is suffering from a substance abuse problem? Maybe it's finally time to get them professional help this year. Maybe it's time to call the pros at Legacy Freedom! We offer the best outpatient Columbus OH drug rehab and alcohol treatment in the area. Call us today to learn more about our 2017 outpatient treatment programs.
HIV and STI Testing in Columbus OH for Addicts
Why it's important for addicts and those in recovery to get tested.
It's important for addicts and those in recovery to get tested for HIV and STI because using drugs and alcohol can severely alter your ability to make sound decisions. When you're drunk or high, there's more of a risk that you'll be exposed to HIV, and other sexually transmitted diseases, than when you're sober. Furthermore, if you're addicted to needle based drugs and inject heroin, speed, or steroids, the risk of sharing needles is very high. This, in turn, creates more danger of having HIV spread among users.
And, unfortunately, some drug addicts trade their bodies for drugs, or sell sex to make money to support their addictions. If safe sex practices are not followed 100% of the time, this type of dangerous behavior can put someone at great risk of becoming infected.
Finally, having multiple sex partners or knowingly having unprotected sexual relations with someone with a history of multiple partners and intravenous drug use increases your risks of contracting diseases. If you have any concerns about whether or not you should get tested for HIV, ask yourself these questions.
- Do you inject drugs or share needles and syringes with other people?
- Have you engaged in unprotected sex: vaginal, anal or oral?
- Have you ever traded sexual favors for drugs or money?
- Have you ever been diagnosed with or treated for hepatitis, tuberculosis, or a sexually transmitted infection like syphilis?
- Have you had unprotected sex with someone who would say yes to any of these questions above?
Where can I get tested for free in Columbus OH?
Stonewall Columbus Center on High
1160 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201
Testing takes place every Monday from 1 PM to 8 PM. You must arrive by or before 7:30 PM to get tested. You'll enter the building through the south door entrance, then proceed up the stairs to the testing site. Elevator access is not available. For more information, visit us at www.stonewallcolumbus.org/gettested, or call (614) 299-7764.
How long does the testing take?
The free HIV and STI testing only takes 30 minutes. For the HIV part of the test, they use an oral swab that is placed in your mouth called the OraQuick Rapid test. It is provided by Equitas Health. It uses oral secretions that are collected from the mouth using a special collection swab. The oral fluids are tested for the presence of HIV antibodies. The best part about this type of testing is that it provides very quick results. Typically a person will know if they're positive or negative within about 20 minutes.
The STI testing is provided by Columbus Public Health and is completed by taking a blood and urine sample.
How does HIV testing work?
Once a person has been infected with the human immunodeficiency virus, the body's immune system will start to produce chemical warriors that can identify harmful invaders, called antibodies. The antibodies attack the bacteria and viruses and help defend against infection. However, our immune system's antibodies are no match for HIV and they cannot fight it off. Regardless, a person's HIV antibodies are still present, and they are used to detect the presence of HIV. This means that most HIV testing methods do not search for the actual virus, but rather the antibodies that are trying to fight off the infection.
Some HIV tests can actually take several days to get the results back, that's why the use of the OraQuick Rapid test is so valuable. A person can have their results in about 20 minutes. If a person receives a positive for their HIV test result, a follow up test should be administered immediately. Furthermore, using a blood test could be needed to confirm a positive result. Getting the results back from the follow up test could take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
How long after a possible HIV exposure should you wait to get tested?
To be honest, it varies from one person to the next. We typically refer to this time period as the “window period.” The window period is the time it takes for your body to develop enough testable antibodies. This could take up to three months. In some rare cases, the time period can be as great as six months for the body to have high enough testable HIV antibodies.
If you think you've been exposed to HIV or other sexually transmitted diseases, please seek out the appropriate testing and get yourself checked out. Do not have sexual contact with anyone until you know for sure. If you need help kicking substance abuse in 2017, please keep reading to see how Legacy Freedom helps families, like yours, beat addiction.
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