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Free HIV Testing



Free HIV Testing is offered by the WKU Health Education & Promotion Program.

Testing is ANONYMOUS, confidential, and painless.


Wednesday September 25, 2019

11 AM - 2 PM

HEP training room on Health Services Building 



HIV Basics

  • HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS. Unlike some other viruses, the human body cannot get rid of HIV. That means that once you have HIV, you have it for life.
  • HIV is a virus that attacks the body's immune system, decreasing the body's ability to fight germs. In a person whose immune system has been weakened by HIV, germs can cause life threatening infections and concerns. Currently, there is no cure for HIV, but medical treatment and healthy lifestyle changes can help you stay healthy and improve your quality of life.
  • HIV is a type of virus called a retrovirus, which infects people by coming into contact with tissues lining the vagina, anal area, mouth, or eyes, or through a break in the skin. HIV infection usually progresses slowly. The virus is present throughout the body at all stages of the disease.


HIV Transmission

  • HIV is transmitted by blood and body fluids, including semen and pre-ejaculatory fluid ("pre-cum"), cervical or vaginal secretions and breast milk. HIV is not transmitted by saliva, sweat, tears or urine.
  • HIV can be acquired by direct exposure to these fluids via sexual contact with an infected person; by direct exposure to infected blood; and from an HIV-infected woman to her fetus during pregnancy or childbirth or to her infant during breastfeeding.



  • AIDS stands for “acquired immunodeficiency syndrome”. AIDS is caused by the human immunodeficiency virus and is the most advanced stage of HIV infection. People with AIDS have weakened immune systems that make them vulnerable to selected conditions and infections.



Benefits of Knowing your Status

  • Knowing your HIV status will help you to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to others or potentially making you ill due to a suppressed immune system.
  • Knowing your HIV status can alleviate the stress and anxiety of thinking that you may be infected but not knowing your actual HIV status. 
  • If you test negative for HIV, you can make decisions and take steps that will help you remain HIV negative.
  • If you test positive for HIV, you can seek medical treatment earlier. Early medical treatment can slow the progress of HIV and delay the onset of AIDS. Pregnant women who test positive for HIV can take action to prevent their baby from becoming infected with HIV
  • Anti-retroviral therapy (ART) is very effective if started early before symptoms appear. The sooner you start treatment, the less likely you are to get sick because of opportunistic infections, HIV-related cancers and AIDS


Reduce your risk

  • You can reduce the risk of acquiring HIV through abstinence, if sexually active - consistent use of condoms, and getting routine testing for sexually transmitted infections (STI's).



  • OraQuick is the first FDA-approved oral swab test for HIV-1 and HIV-2. It’s an oral swab test that doesn’t require blood.
  • OraQuick uses the oral fluid from your gums to detect antibodies for HIV.
  • OraQuick oral fluid can detect 91.7% of people who are infected with HIV, and 99.9% of people who are not infected with HIV. Because the test is a screening test, it always advised to have a second test to confirm your results.
  • An HIV antibody test detects the cells that the body’s immune system creates in response to HIV infection. When HIV enters the body, the body starts to produce antibodies. In the case of HIV, the antibodies can’t fight off the infection. But their presence can be used to tell whether a person has HIV in his or her body.






*To earn WellU® credit, you must fill out a preventative care slip provided by your tester and drop it in the WellU® box located at the check-out desk before you leave.







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 Last Modified 9/20/19