HIV Testing

Approximately 21% of people living with HIV, in the United States, do not know they are infected. HIV testing is more important than ever. When HIV enters the body, it begins to attack certain white blood cells called T-Helper Cells (also called CD4 cells). The immune system then produces HIV-antibodies to fight off the infection. Although these antibodies are ineffective in destroying HIV, their presence is used to confirm HIV infection. Therefore, HIV tests look for the presence of HIV antibodies; they do not test for the virus itself.

It can take between 24 days and six months before the body can create enough antibodies to be detected by most widely used HIV tests. Most (over 95%) people will develop detectable antibodies within 3 months of exposure to HIV. During the time between exposure and the test, it is important to avoid any behavior that might result in exposure to another person's blood, semen, vaginal secretions, and/or breast milk.

The benefits of HIV testing are:

  • If you are not infected, you can reduce stress, stay healthy, and reduce your risk of exposure.
  • If you are infected, you can get early treatment and avoid spreading the virus to others.
HIV Testing
Kimberly Tarver- Floyd of Unity Wellness Center performs a rapid HIV test with Mayor Johnny Ford of Tuskegee, AL in honor of National HIV Testing Day on June 27th 2013.

Unity Wellness Center offers a confidential oral fluid HIV antibody test.


HIV TestingDue to shortage of testing staff and scheduling, testing by appointment is strongly recommended. Walk-ins can be accepted based on testing staff availability, but not recommended.

Please call 334-887-5244 or 1-800-799-4967 to make your appointment. All testing will include confidential prevention pre/post-test counseling and appropriate referrals. As per Alabama public health law, Unity Wellness Center does not offer anonymous HIV testing services.

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