Testing Together is an HIV and sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and counseling service for male and heterosexual couples offered at Denver Public Health's STD Clinic.
Testing together for HIV provides an opportunity for you and your partner to get your HIV test and test results together, with a trained counselor present to help you talk about what the results mean for you, and your relationship.
Testing and receiving your results together can start an ongoing, healthy conversation between you and your partner about HIV in your relationship, and allow you to talk openly about building a protection plan together.
The rules around confidentiality are the same for all HIV testing - whether you test separately or together. Your information is confidential and your status will be kept between you and your partner. You and your partner can decide together if you want to share your test results with others.
If one of you tests positive, we will conduct a second test to confirm the result and help set you up with additional services.
If you prefer to be tested anonymously as an individual, we can provide that service instead.
There's no way to know what direction your relationship will take once you both know your HIV status, but we've learned from others using this service, that most couples with different results stay together. Relationships develop differently. Knowing your status as a couple, will open the door for honesty, dialogue and trust - the foundations of any strong relationship.
Regardless of the results, we'll provide you with any referrals you need to make decisions about your relationship, and your health.
Sure. Relationships take different forms. We just encourage you to consider if you are ready to receive your HIV result in front of this partner. If that works for you, make a Testing Together appointment!
You can be a long-term couple, newly dating, or even "friends with benefits." It doesn't matter if one of both of you have been having sex outside of this relationship.
Yes. Testing together can provide an opportunity for you to share your status with your partner in a controlled setting, with a trained counselor, who can help start a healthy discussion about how to manage HIV in your relationship.
Plus, our clinic offers other helpful services to you as a person living with HIV including, testing for syphilis, and other sexually transmitted infections.
HIV and STI testing services are offered at the STD Clinic to anyone who is in, or planning to be in, a sexual relationship. Testing fees are waived. You can also elect to waive your coverage if you have insurance or Medicaid.
The appointment offers Rapid HIV testing, screening for syphilis, chlamydia and gonorrhea. Please call (303) 602-3540 for more information, or to schedule an appointment.