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HIV COUNSELING, TESTING & REFERRALS AND STD SCREENING & TREATMENT

Because there are multiple locations and options for HIV testing, call 617.267.0159 to speak with a counselor. Your counselor can book an appointment for you, or inform you of the nearest and soonest walk-in times. For more information about HIV/AIDS, click here.

 

Information about Services

New Testing Services

Health Navigation

Groups

Case Management

 

Testing Locations and Services Offered

1340 Boylston Street, Boston

Walk-In HIV, Hepatitis C Testing & Insurance Enrollment Wednesdays, 4 to 7 p.m., 2nd floor
These services are free, and include:

  • Rapid HIV testing with results in minutes
  • HIV serum testing that can detect HIV infection 2 weeks after exposure
  • Hepatitis C testing, both rapid and serum

Free HIV testing is also available as part of a medical visit, by appointment, and by walk-in (based on counselor availability). Ask your provider, or call 617.267.0159 and a counselor can arrange for you to get tested.

As part of your visit we offer confidential counseling to help you deal with the issues that surround your decision to test and the impact of knowing your status. Documentation of test results is available at your request.

For more information on what HIV antibody test results mean, click here.

Need STD Testing? 
Fenway offers free STD testing throughout the week for those in need-eg: no insurance, high copays, lab bills, or for any reason that precludes billing to your insurance. Call 617.267.0159 to speak with a counselor.  

  • Syphilis, Gonorrhea & Chlamydia screening
  • Treatment for symptomatic bacterial STDs & known exposures 
  • Assessment for herpes & HPV symptoms (warts)

If you have a known exposure to an STD, or if you have symptoms, call your doctor right away, or call 617.267.0159 for counseling, information and to schedule an appointment.


Fenway: Sixteen

Our community services center is located at 16 Haviland Street, Boston, and offers free sexual-health counseling, rapid HIV testing, and rapid Hepatitis C testing:

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday – Thursday
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday

Walk-in hours are from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 3p.m. on Thursdays and 10a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.  Or, schedule a time with a counselor by calling 617.267.0159.

Note: At this time, Generation 4 HIV Testing is only available at 1340 Boylston Street.


Fenway: South End

  • Rapid and serum HIV testing are available at our 142 Berkeley Street location as part of a medical visit, at your request. STD testing can be scheduled using your health insurance and by making an appointment with a provider.

Note: At this time, Generation 4 HIV Testing is only available at 1340 Boylston Street.


Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center
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  • HIV and STD testing for young people between the ages of 12 and 29 are available at 130 Boylston Street, Boston 02116. Call 617.457.8140 to make an appointment.

Note: At this time, Generation 4 HIV Testing is only available at 1340 Boylston Street.


AIDS Action Committee's MALE Center

  • The MALE Center at 16 Haviland Street offers free rapid HIV testing on Saturdays from 12 to 4 p.m.  

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Information about Services

STD Services

There are a wide array of STD services available:

If you have insurance and a provider, we encourage you to get STD testing as part of a medical appointment. Call 617.927.6000 to make an appointment. If you get your primary care elsewhere, ask your doctor to refer you to Fenway for a sexual health screening.

No insurance? Co-pays too high? You need to keep STD testing off of your insurance statement? Fenway offers free STD testing for those who don’t have insurance or are unable to use it. In order to book a slot, please call 617.267.0159 to pre-register. Make sure to call us right away if you have symptoms of an STD, or someone you have recently had sex with told you they were just diagnosed with an STD. Free STD testing for those in need include comprehensive testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, Hepatitis C and HIV.

Rapid HIV Testing Fenway uses the OraQuick ADVANCE® Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Test. Using a single drop of blood collected by finger stick, your counselor can give you a result in 20 minutes. The window period—the time it takes for HIV antibodies to form in the body and be detectable by the test—can be from 2-12 weeks after exposure.

Fourth Generation HIV Testing In addition to standard 20 minute rapid antibody testing, Fenway offers state-of-the art Generation 4 HIV Ag/Ab testing that not only looks for antibodies, but an antigen as well. This antigen is present in people who are newly infected with HIV and shows up within 14 days of exposure. This test requires a blood draw and results are back in a week or so. One of the big advantages of this test is the fact that the window period is so short. Early detection of HIV can dramatically improve treatment outcomes, as well as prevent those who don’t know they are newly-infected from spreading the virus to others. Newly infected HIV positive people are among the most infectious. Many transmissions happen because most newly-infected people aren’t aware of their status and they inadvertently pass HIV on to their partners.

Note: this test is not available at all sites and at all times, and a return visit is needed to receive your results, as they are processed in a lab. Ask your counselor if the antigen/antibody serum test is right for you.

Rapid Hepatitis C Testing. This service is free and results are ready in 20 minutes. Call 617.267.0159, or ask your counselor at the time of your visit.

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New Testing Services

Fourth Generation HIV Testing
For some time, we have looked for antibodies to determine if someone has HIV. Although this is still the most common way to detect HIV, there is a window period of about 6-8 weeks after exposure before the HIV antibodies show up. 

In addition to standard 20 minute rapid antibody testing, Fenway now offers Generation 4 testing technology that not only looks for antibodies, but an antigen as well. This antigen is present in people who are newly infected with HIV and shows up within 14 days of exposure.So, with our generation 4 serum testing, HIV infections can  be detected 2 weeks after exposure.

Note: this test is not available at all sites and at all times, and a return visit is needed to receive your results, as they are processed in a lab. Ask your counselor if the antigen/antibody serum test is right for you. 

Rapid Hepatitis C Testing. This service is free and results are ready in 20 minutes. Call 617.267.0159, or ask your counselor at the time of your visit.


Testing Together

Testing Together— Get Tested with Your Partner 
Fenway offers a free, new service for guys wanting to get tested with their partners. Call

617.267.0159 to schedule an appointment.

Online Information

Ask the Docs is an online service of Fenway Health that allows gay and bisexual men and transgender people to get answers to questions about their medical, sexual and mental health.  Click www.fenwayhealth.org/askthedocs to post your question.   

The HIV and STD Counseling Line

In addition to booking you an appointment or explaining Fenway services, the HIV and STD Counseling Line offers free telephone counseling to those with questions or concerns about their sexual health, health insurance, LGBT issues, referrals and more. Counselors are available by telephone from 9am-6pm Monday through Thursday, and 10am-5pm on Fridays. All of our counselors are certified by the state of Massachusetts and are ready to talk to you. Call 617.267.0159.

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Health Navigation

Health Navigation is a type of coaching that is designed to help those who are struggling with maintaining sexual safety, substance abuse, and other issues that impact the quality of life. Think of it as a helping hand from a buddy who has the time to work with you on the things that you need to keep yourself healthy and happy. A Health Navigator isn’t a doctor, nurse, social worker or therapist. They are highly trained coaches who come from the communities they serve. To find out more about this free service, call 617.267.0159.

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Groups

Currently Fenway offers the following groups. Check back often, as new groups start often.

Bisexual and Bi-Curious Men’s Group: The Bi Men’s meets the second Tuesday of every month at Fenway Health’s main building at 1340 Boylston Street, from 7:00-9:00 pm. It is an ongoing support group for men who identify as bisexual or are bi curious. Everything discussed is kept completely confidential in a judgment-free zone. Different topics include disclosure, safer sex practices, STDs and HIV, safer ways to meet other men, and more. No registration required. Call 617.267.0159 if you have questions.

Older Trans Women Group: Fenway Health is starting a group for older Trans women in the greater Boston area. If you identify as an older Trans woman and need a space to discuss issues like sex, health, wellness or dating and marriage or just simply just want to come out for tea. This group will be facilitated by Justice Williams at our 16 Haviland Street office. If you are interested, please email Justice jwilliams@fenwayhealth.org or call 617-267-6121.

T-Social Club: The T-Social Club has a new year-round meeting format. It will meet every other Thursday instead of weekly. This group is an intergenerational discussion group for all who falls under the Trans* umbrella.  We will continue to discuss issues that affect our lives. Any questions about the T-Supper Club? Please contact Justice Williams, jwilliams@fenwayhealth.org, 617-267-6121.

T-Supper Club: The T-Supper Club Program will be partnering with local organization Body Image 4 Justice this summer. The two groups will facilitate a 7-week mini-series for Transmen on re-socialization. This series will cover topics such as deconstructing our ideas of masculinity and how to not internalize hyper masculine ideology. We will also cover rigid gender roles and redefining our selves by validating our own experiences. This series will begin in June 2014.  For more information contact Justice Williams, Jwilliams@fenwayhealth.org, 617-267-6121.

 

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Case Management

For patients with complex health problems—such as HIV and other chronic illnesses—Fenway offers comprehensive case management services. Our registered nurses and medical social workers help patients understand and access the many resources available to them.

For chronically ill patients, the primary care nurse assumes the additional role of case manager, assisting and supporting you through the course of your illness. Your RN will help you understand the disease process and the impact it is likely to have on your health and provide the information you need to stay healthy and make sound choices about your health care.

Medical social workers are available to help you cope with the practical and emotional aspects of your care and help you access mental health care. A medical social worker can help you apply for Medicare or Medicaid and access community-based services, such as financial, housing and legal assistance programs, and pastoral counseling; coordinate and facilitate communication among multiple service providers; and make referrals to various other services. To help patients deal with the profound disruptions—physical, emotional, and financial—that serious illness or injury can bring, medical social workers also provide short-term, focused counseling and education to patients and their families.

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