HIV Testing

Getting an HIV test empowers you to make decisions that are right for you and to take the necessary steps to live a healthy life. The Minnesota AIDS Project provides free, confidential HIV testing. The rapid test involves a simple fingerstick that is quick and relatively painless. Testing sessions are about 30 minutes with same day results.

How does the test work?

If you are infected with HIV, your body produces antibodies which can be detected by the HIV test. A non–reactive test result means that no antibodies have been detected. However, it can take up to three months after you have been exposed to HIV for your body to produce enough antibodies to be detected by the test.

If your result is non–reactive, but you've had a risk for HIV in the past three months, it's recommend that you return for another HIV test three months following your most recent risk. Visit our HIV Transmission page to find out if you've had a risk.

A reactive test result means the test detected HIV antibodies. All reactive tests must be confirmed with a blood draw that is sent to a medical laboratory. The Minnesota AIDS Project does not do confirmatory testing, but if your test is reactive, your testing counselor will help you find and schedule an appointment at a clinic that does.

How do I get tested?

The Minnesota AIDS Project offers community-based HIV testing at its Minnespolis location and at outreach locations throughout the Twin Cities.

  • In-House Testing Hours
    • Tuesday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    • Wednesday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    • Thursday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • PrideAlive Outreach Testing – PrideAlive, the Minnesota AIDS Project's HIV prevention program for gay and bisexual men, offers HIV testing at local gay bars and venues including the Saloon, Eagle/Bolt, Townhouse, and 19 Bar. See the schedule of PrideAlive testing dates and times.
  • Mainline Syringe Exchange Testing – Mainline is an HIV prevention program of the Minnesota AIDS Project that targets injecting drug users. Mainline offers HIV testing at syringe exchange locations and by appointment. For a list of locations and to contact a Mainline staff member to schedule a testing appointment, visit the syringe exchange page.
  • Many other HIV testing locations are available throughout Minnesota.

    Is my information confidential?

    The Minnesota AIDS Project provides confidential testing services. Your testing counselor can discuss the benefits of confidential testing.

    All information you provide in your testing session is confidential and protected under HIPAA regulations and Minnesota data privacy laws. If your test result is reactive, we are required to report your test result and any personally identifiable information you provided us. Your testing counselor will explain all of this and ask you to sign a form saying that you understand how your information may be used and that you are consenting to be tested.

    How often should I be tested?

    HIV is spread primarily through unprotected sex and sharing syringes and injection equipment. How often you should test varies depending on your risks. Complete the HIV Risk Assessment for an individualized evaluation or contact the Minnesota AIDS Project AIDSLine to learn more about HIV and your testing needs.


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