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Free HIV/AIDS Testing

Students are eligible to receive free HIV/AIDS testing through Health Promotion and Wellness. The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

Testing Procedure

A blood sample is collected at the Student Health Center and typically processed and returned within two weeks. Prior to testing, all students will participate in a 30-minute appointment with a trained peer educator to evaluate risky behaviors and create a risk-reduction plan for the future.

Results of the HIV/AIDS blood test are completely confidential and are not recorded as part of a student's medical records.

Test Type

The HIV/AIDS test is the 4th Generation HIV 1/2 Antigen and Antibody test, which detects the HIV 1/2 antigens and antibodies as well as the p24 Antigen. This test allows for earlier detection with a median of 5-7 days over previously used immunoassay testing. Further testing may be required based on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention HIV testing algorithm.

Additional HIV/AIDS testing at Penn State

Testing for HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections is also available through University Health Services. Please note that standard lab and medical exam fees apply. Contact to learn more, or to schedule an appointment through myUHS.

Students at Penn State Commonwealth Campuses should contact their campus health center or local community resources for information about testing in their area.

Community HIV/AIDS Resources

Other local resources for HIV/AIDS testing and sexually transmitted infections include:

  • AIDS Resource, 129 S. Sparks St Suite #1, State College, PA 814-272-0818 Ext. 3
    • Walk-ins Thursdays 1pm-4pm
    • Appt. only - Free  (no insurance) treatment for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea
    • Free rapid finger stick HIV test and HIV + support
  • Department of Health 814-865-0932 (Appt. only) 

Additional information about HIV/AIDS is available on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.