HIV

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Testing at Broome County Health Department

Testing Information

HIV testing is available at Broome County Health Department though our STD Clinic and during other times set aside just for HIV testing with a trained HIV test counselor. Call us at 607-778-2839 to make an appointment.

Broome County Health Department, Southern Tier AIDS Program, and other organizations also offer anonymous testing which means everything is completed with a number instead of your name. Call the Central New York Anonymous HIV Testing Program at 1-800-562-9423 to schedule an anonymous HIV testing appointment.

Insurance & Billing

Anonymous HIV testing is free of charge. Click here for a full list of participating health plans and billing information.

 


Resources for You and Your Family

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medicine that people at risk for HIV can take to prevent them from getting HIV from sex or injection drug use. People of any gender or sexual orientation can take PrEP. Learn more about PrEP from the CDC, New York State Department of Health, or your healthcare provider.

PrEP does not protect against other STDs. Don’t forget take other steps to protect yourself, like using a condom or getting vaccinated!

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis

Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is medicine that can be taken in emergency situations by an HIV-negative person to prevent HIV after a possible recent exposure. Possible exposures may include:

  • No condom or condom broke during sex with someone who is HIV positive or whose HIV status you do not know

  • Shared needles or other equipment to inject drugs

  • Sexual assault

  • Occupational exposure (e.g. accidental needle stick)

If you believe you may have been exposed to HIV, don’t wait to start PEP; it must be started within 72 hours of exposure to HIV. Contact your healthcare provider or visit the emergency room right away. Learn more about PEP on the CDC’s website.

Living with HIV/ AIDS

A positive HIV test can be scary, but know that there are resources and treatment available. Read more about living with HIV, including treatment, on the CDC website. Be sure to learn about your options for paying for HIV care and treatment, too. If you live in the Southern Tier, Southern Tier AIDS Program (STAP) is a trusted resource that has been providing comprehensive HIV/ AIDS services for over 30 years. Visit STAP’s website to learn about the support they offer people living with HIV/ AIDS.


 

Resources for Healthcare Providers and Community Partners

Stay up-to-date on HIV testing recommendations, treatment, and prevention by visiting the CDC’s website.

The New York State AIDS Institute provides reports, updates, recommendations, summaries of state-specific laws and recommendations, and much more.

Talk to your patients about their risk factors for HIV and discuss pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) if indicated. Find clinical guidance, payment options, and other PrEP resources on New York State Department of Health’s website.