Testing Together at Howard Brown Health
Testing Together is a service offered at Howard Brown Health that provides HIV testing for couples or individuals in romantic and/or sexual partnerships, and is offered through our Sheridan Road location at a sliding scale based on self-reported income. Testing Together is also offered at Broadway Youth Center for youth, ages 12-24.
Testing Together provides an opportunity for you and your partner(s) to receive your HIV test results together with a trained walk-in staff member in a safe and non-judgmental environment. The walk-in staff member can help navigate a conversation about what the HIV test results mean to you and your partner(s), establishing or updating partnership agreements, and building a sexual health plan together.
Testing Together also helps you and your partner(s) discuss topics, clarify information, or learn more about HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), PrEP/PEP, and contraception/safer sex strategies. Appropriate linkages to other services at HBHC can also be discussed, such as primary medical care and/or counseling.
If you would like more information, please contact Ricardo Albarran via e-mail at RicardoA@howardbrown.org or 773.572.5121.
Testing Together is available at the following locations and hours:
Howard Brown Sheridan
Monday: Noon – 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday: Noon- 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: Noon – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday: Noon – 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Broadway Youth Center (BYC)
(Free services for youth, ages 12 – 24)
Wednesday: 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1) What is the process?
At our Howard Brown Sheridan and Howard Brown Halsted Walk-In Clinic locations, you and your partner(s) will meet with a Patient Service Representative (PSR) and register for services. Depending on the services requested, you and your partner(s) will be called in by the appropriate person to perform the venipuncture/blood draw needed for the HIV/STI tests. Afterwards, you will be called in by a walk-in staff member, where you will receive your HIV test results together at the time of your visit. No appointment is necessary for Walk-In Clinic services.
2) What testing services are available?
At the Howard Brown Sheridan Walk-In Clinic location, we offer a full range of comprehensive sexual health screenings on a sliding fee scale. This can include screening for HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Hepatitis (A, B, and/or C), Herpes (if symptomatic), and Tuberculosis. You are able to meet with a Registered Nurse the day of your visit to discuss symptoms or concerns. Treatment is available for symptoms or known exposure. Please refer to the Walk-In Clinic section on our website for further information regarding HIV/STI testing.
3) How long will the visit take?
Depending on the services requested, an entire Walk-In Clinic visit can range from 30 – 75 minutes in total. Rapid HIV test results are available in 20 minutes.
4) We don’t consider ourselves a “couple”, we’re just sex partners. Should we be tested together?
Sure! Relationships take different forms. Testing Together is for long-term couples, people that are newly dating, or just friends-with-benefits – we leave it up to you and your partner(s) to define what your romantic/sexual relationship looks likes. We just recommend that you consider whether you feel ready and comfortable receiving your HIV test results together with this partner.
5) Will our information be shared with others outside of our relationship?
Maintaining confidentiality is one of our top priorities, whether you test individually or together. With Testing Together, the walk-in staff member will discuss shared confidentiality between you and your partner(s). You and your partner(s) can then make an informed decision together if you want to share your test results with others.
6) Will the walk-in staff member ask about my previous/other sex partners in front of my partner(s) during the HIV testing session?
No. Unlike individual HIV testing, Testing Together does not focus on your past sex partners. Instead, it will only focus on you and your partner(s) receiving HIV test results and the conversation will be about the present and future. We will request that you and your partner(s) individually complete a sexual health assessment on a screening questionnaire, however this form will not be discussed during the session.
7) I would like to get Tested Together, but I’m not sure that my partner will. What can I do to get them interested in Testing Together?
Have an open, honest conversation with your partner(s) about HIV/STI testing. If either of you is unsure if you are ready to test together, you can still come into the clinic and receive an HIV test individually. You can also speak to or e-mail Ricardo Albarran at RicardoA@howardbrown.org or 773.572.5121, to provide further information about Testing Together to see if it is right for you and your partner(s).