HIV Counseling, Testing, and Treatment
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV, and 1 in 7 do not know their HIV status. The CDC has a public health goal to ensure all HIV-positive persons know their status and to direct them toward care that can improve their health, prolong their lives, and slow the spread of the epidemic.
The CDC recommends that everyone between ages 13 and 64 have a test for HIV at least once, and that high-risk groups have tests more often. The Rutgers Health HIV Counseling, Testing, and Treatment program can test you for HIV and can provide important information to help keep you—and others—safe.
Physicians on staff with our program are on the faculty of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School or Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Both are part of Rutgers University, one of the top research institutions in America. Our doctors are involved in clinical research and in teaching about all aspects of HIV. Each brings life-changing knowledge from the classroom to the exam room.
When visiting our program, you will interview with a nurse counselor and/or social worker. You will receive an oral antibody test for HIV with results available in about 30 minutes. All information remains confidential. After receiving your test results, members of our caring, compassionate staff can assist you with:
- Case management
Should you receive an HIV diagnosis, our infectious diseases specialists can offer comprehensive HIV or AIDS management. Our program provides:
- Genotyping and phenotyping testing
- Help enrolling in clinical trials
- Management of complicated medical conditions including hepatitis C co-infections
- Treatment of HIV-related infections
- Treatment with all available antiviral medications
We also offer a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) program that can help people who do not have HIV but are at substantial risk of contracting the disease. By consistently taking one pill every day, PrEP may reduce the risk of HIV infection in people at risk by up to 92 percent.
If you seek HIV testing, counseling, and treatment, a physician may refer you to our program or you may wish to make an appointment on your own. The Rutgers Health HIV Counseling, Testing, and Treatment program looks forward to helping you.