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Get free STD testing at one of our clinics

Know the Facts

  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are infections that are passed from one person to another during sexual contact.
  • HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, genital herpes and genital warts are all STDs.
  • Over 12 million people in the U.S. are infected each year.
  • STDs often have no signs or symptoms and if left untreated can cause serious medical problems.

Protect Yourself

  • Practice abstinence
  • Always use latex condoms
  • Limit your number of sexual partners
  • Get vaccinated against Hepatitis B and HPV
  • Discuss mutual monogamy with your partner
  • Have regular medical exams

Get Tested

If you are ever worried that you may have put yourself at risk for an STD, get tested. It’s easy.

The Health Department offers free STD testing at its clinics in White Plains and Yonkers. These visits include a medical exam, laboratory testing and if needed, prescriptions for medication.

About HIV

  • HIV is most commonly spread through anal sex, vaginal sex and needle sharing.
  • There is no cure for HIV but there are prevention and treatment methods available.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in five people do not know they are HIV positive.

Protect Yourself from HIV

  • Never share needles
  • Always use latex condoms
  • If you are at risk, take PrEP
  • If you have been exposed to HIV, immediately take PEP

Do you know your HIV status?

The Westchester County Department of Health encourages all residents, ages 13 and up, to get tested and learn their HIV status.  Get tested and Say Yes To The Test (By law, health care providers must offer an HIV test to all patients aged 13 - 64), because HIV testing saves lives.

The Health Department offers free and confidential HIV testing in White Plains and Yonkers. Other Westchester County Agencies also offer HIV counseling and testing. Testing schedules are subject to change, please call in advance to confirm date and time.

Types of HIV tests available:

  • Rapid HIV test
    A blood (finger stick) or oral sample is taken and your results are ready in about 20 minutes. If your rapid HIV test is reactive (or positive), it will need to be confirmed by a standard test, which is sent to a laboratory.

  • Standard HIV Test
    A blood sample is taken from the vein and sent to a laboratory. You will be given an appointment to come back in two weeks after the test to get your test result.

  • Confidential HIV Testing
    The Rapid or Standard HIV test is done as a confidential test. When you are tested you will give your name and other identifying information (age, gender) at the time of testing; and the test result will be put in your medical record. If your HIV test result is reactive (or positive), your name will be given confidentially to the New York State Department of Health to help the department better respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in New York State. The confidentiality of all HIV-related information is protected by New York State Public Health Law.

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