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The GMHC Testing Center

Please note: On Monday, October 12, GMHC will be closed in observance of Indigenous People’s Day.

In-Person Testing

While the GMHC Testing Center located onsite is closed until further notice, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, GMHC Testing Center staff are providing in-person rapid HIV testing at an offsite location:

St. John’s Lutheran Church
81 Christopher Street
New York, NY 10014

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
2–6 pm

FREE HIV Self-Testing

GMHC is making it possible for you to test at home, or wherever you are! You can care for yourself and your community by testing for HIV while remaining socially distanced.

If you are interested, please give us a call at 212-367-1100. Para español, llama 212-367-1227. Please leave a voicemail if we are unable to answer your call. You will receive a response as soon as we are able.

HIV Self-Test FAQ

Am I eligible to receive an HIV self-test? HIV self-test kits can be provided to anyone who resides in New York City. You can also receive a test kit if you reside elsewhere in New York State, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, or Connecticut.

How do I perform an HIV self-test? You will receive a voucher to order one free Oraquick In-Home HIV Test. The Oraquick website includes an FAQ and a video demonstrating how to take the test.

I am on PrEP. Should I take this HIV test? The test manufacturer indicates that taking antiretroviral medication, such as PrEP, might affect the outcome of the test. However, some medical providers may suggest an HIV self-test because it allows for social distancing. If you are on PrEP, follow your medical provider’s guidance for testing.

I have had a recent exposure to HIV. Should I take this test? In the past 72 hours, if you have had sex without a condom or shared a needle with someone who has HIV or whose HIV status you don’t know, you may be eligible to start PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis). Call the NYC PEP Hotline at 844-373-7692. The HIV self-test may not detect an infection if the exposure occurred within the last three months.

I have questions about the HIV test, PrEP/PEP, and/or supportive services. Can I talk to someone? Yes! Give us a call at 212-367-1100, and someone will speak with you.

I have already received a voucher for my free HIV test. What do I do next? Follow the instructions below. If you would like assistance ordering your test kit, give us a call at 212-367-1100.

  1. Visit the manufacturer’s website:
  2. Select “Buy 1 Kit”
  3. Enter the online coupon code in the “Coupon Code” box
  4. Enter your ZIP code
  5. Click “Apply Coupon.” One online coupon code is only valid for the redemption of one OraQuick In-Home HIV Test.
  6. You may checkout as either a Guest or Create an Account. You will be asked to provide a shipping and billing address, but you will not be asked for payment information. The test kit should arrive at the mailing address within 2–4 business days.

It has been more than one week, and I have not received my HIV test. What do I do? You should have received a tracking number when you ordered the test kit. Please follow up with the carrier of the package. If you continue to have issues, you can give us a call; please be prepared to give your coupon code to us so that we may assist.

If you have recently tested at the GMHC Testing Center and have a question about your results, please call 212-367-1100 and leave a message. A staff member will return your call.

If you are in need of a medical provider for HIV/STI sexual health services, please call the NYC Sexual Health Clinic Hotline at 347-396-7959, or reach out to one of our community partners: Housing Works, APICHA.

PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis)
In the past 72 hours, have you had sex without a condom or shared a needle with someone who has HIV or whose HIV status you don’t know? If so, you may be eligible to start PEP. Call the NYC PEP Hotline at 844-373-7692, the NYC Sexual Health Clinic Hotline at 347-396-7959, or reach out to one of our community partners: Housing Works, APICHA.

The GMHC Testing Center offers free, confidential testing for HIV, HCV, Syphilis, Chlamydia, and Gonorrhea; linkage to PrEP/PEP providers; and linkage to HIV medical care. Testing is limited to four times a year (every three months). Please allow 5 to 10 minutes to complete an intake form before seeing a test counselor.

GMHC’s Testing Center Comes To You

We are able to provide free and confidential HIV tests off-site! For testing off-site, we use the INSTI HIV Rapid Antibody Test, which provides HIV test results within 2 minutes. If you are interested in GMHC's Testing Center providing HIV counseling and testing at your location, please reach out via email to Rob Vassilarakis, Off-Site Supervisor, at with details of your location, date/time of the event, and approximate number of attendees. In order to maintain confidentiality, we do require that a private space is available for testing.

About our HIV tests

Please be advised that for testing onsite, at GMHC, we use the Alere Determine HIV Rapid Test. The Alere Determine Rapid provides HIV test results in 20 minutes. To obtain a sample for testing, with Alere Determine, a GMHC counselor/phlebotomist will do a finger-stick (prick your finger with a lancet) to obtain a small sample of blood. If you have any questions about the Alere Determine HIV Rapid Test, please contact Andrew Frazier, On-Site Supervisor at call us at (212) 367-1100. All services are confidential.

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