About HIV/AIDS and STD's

HIV/AIDS 101 STD Chart
HIV/AIDS 101 STD Chart


Q: Is there a charge for HIV or STD tests?
A: No, all tests are FREE of charge.
 

Q: What kind of tests are provided and what do these tests involve?
A: Blood tests are required for HIV and Syphilis; urine or vaginal swab tests are performed for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Trichomoniasis.
 

Q: How do we get our results?
A: Results for HIV Cannot be released over the telephone; we recommend all clients return to our office to obtain their HIV test results.   Results for Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, and Syphilis may be obtained over the telephone;


Q: How long does it take for my results to come in?
A: HIV and Syphilis results (blood test) will be ready in 2 weeks.  Chlamydia and Gonorrhea test results will be ready in approximately 3-4 weeks.  We recommend you call your counselor to see if your test results are available before you come in.  Call 734-AIDS (2437).
 

Q: What are some of the symptoms of infection?
A: Symptoms (among others) may include:

    • foul smelling urine or discharge (yellow, green or white and may be watery or thick);
    • dysuria (pain/burning sensation when you urinate);
    • itchiness or rash;
    • lesions, sores or bumps around the genital area;
    • swollen testicles;
    • bleeding between menstrual periods;
    • painful intercourse;
    • lower abdominal pain

Please note that not everyone will have these symptoms.  The only way to know if you’re infected is to get tested.


 

Q: If I don’t have any symptoms, do I really have to get tested?
A: The decision is ultimately yours.  Keep in mind that it is possible and very common to be infected and NOT show any signs or symptoms.  In fact, many infected people don’t experience any symptoms… it is for this reason that infections continue to spread.  Depending on the infection, it may take weeks, months or even years for an infected person to experience symptoms. 
 

Q: Do I have to make an appointment in order to be seen?
A:  We are open M-F (except GovGuam holidays) from 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm.  Walk-ins are welcome.
If you are symptomatic (experiencing symptoms) we recommend you visit us during our clinic hours:

Central Public Health (Mangilao): Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8-11am
Northern Public Health (Dededo): Mondays and Fridays from 8-11am
Please call 734-2437 (Mangilao) or 635-7494 (Dededo) to schedule an appointment.