Special Immunology Unit Offers Free HIV Testing and Individual Counseling
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that there are 1.2 million persons infected with HIV in the U.S., one in seven (14 percent) of whom are not aware of their infection. Approximately 50,000 new people are infected with HIV annually in the U.S. In Cuyahoga County, over 4,000 people are known to be infected with HIV, with 150-200 new infections annually. The majority of new infections are acquired from individuals unaware of their HIV status. Therefore, the CDC recommends that everyone should have an HIV test as a part of routine medical care, and repeated annually if the person is at risk (new sexual partner or shares needles).
The Special Immunology Unit (SIU) at University Hospitals offers free confidential (name provided) and anonymous (no name provided) HIV testing four days a week. Trained staff members are available to counsel individuals before and after test results and to discuss risk reduction. HIV testing is available on a walk-in basis during the hours listed below; no appointment is needed.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
You can also locate a testing center near you at on the The National HIV and STD Testing Resources Web site.