Get Tested. Know Your Status.

HIV rapid tests available at HDNW

Knowing your HIV status is important for your health; testing is quick, easy, and can make a significant difference. There are medications that can be taken daily to reduce the risk of getting HIV and to treat HIV infections. Getting medical care and taking medications as prescribed for HIV helps improve your quality and length of life, while lowering the chances of passing it on to others.

Comparing local survey information comparing HIV diagnoses from 2014-18 and 2019-23, there has been an increase 2.5 times of the average number—from 14 to 44 people in Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego counties, as well as Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Benzie, Leelanau, Manistee, Wexford, and Missaukee counties. Of note:

  • 44% of the new diagnosis were stage 3, which is considered an AIDS diagnosis, and
  • 78% of the new diagnoses were among residents over 30, with most over 40.

The Health Department of Northwest Michigan (HDNW) and the Northern Michigan Public Health Alliance urge everyone to take charge of their health in recognition of National HIV Testing Day on Thursday, June 27. Understanding your HIV status is essential for accessing prevention and treatment services that support a healthy life, regardless of your status.

"We offer free rapid HIV testing, and we can provide results in just 20 minutes. We offer counseling as well,” says HDNW Nurse Practitioner Jordan Wyeth. “Knowing your status quickly and easily can make all the difference in your health and wellbeing.”

HDNW offers HIV rapid tests at clinics in all four of our counties—Antrim, Charlevoix, Emmet, and Otsego. The test involves a sampling of blood from a finger poke. As soon as the rapid results are in, a medical professional discusses them privately. The process and outcome are confidential. If the test is positive, follow-up blood work is done to doublecheck the outcome.

Did You Know?

  • Getting tested for HIV is part of a normal healthcare routine.
  • You should get testing for HIV during each pregnancy.
  • If you have more than one sexual partner, you should be tested for HIV annually.

When scheduling an HIV testing appointment, residents can also be screened for other sexually transmitted infections. A negative test provides peace of mind and further prevention education, while a positive test will allow for earlier intervention.

For more information or to schedule your appointment, call HDNW staff at 800-432-4121. For more details on HIV testing, go here.