HIV/ AIDS Health Services
Two methods of testing are available: blood and rapid oral swab. Blood tests are done with a needle; the
rapid oral swab test takes a sample of fluid and tissue using a small, flat brush
inserted in the mouth and rubbed against the gums
above and below the teeth.
Tests are either confidential or anonymous. A confidential test means the results are entered onto your medical record and require
your name, address and social security number.
Written documentation of testing from a blood test may be provided upon request
for the person
who was tested. An anonymous test means the results are known only to
you. No documentation can be provided with an anonymous test.
Both types of
tests will include pre and post test counseling to discuss your risk of
acquiring or transmitting HIV, how to avoid acquisition or transmission of HIV
and what to do should you test positive for antibodies to HIV.
OraQuick rapid oral swab is free and always anonymous.
biggest advantage of the OraQuick test is that results are available in about 20
minutes, so only one visit is required to be tested, counseled and get your results.
OraQuick testing is available during specific walk-in testing times
at the times/locations listed below.
Regularly scheduled testing events
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the
first Wednesday of each month at the Marguerite Robinson Community Center, 400 W.
Sixth St., Newport, Ky.
4:30 p.m. on the third
Tuesday of each month at the Campbell County Health Center, 1098 Monmouth
2 to 4 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at
the Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky, 634 Scott St., Covington, Ky.
1 to 4 p.m. on the fourth
Monday of each month at the Kenton County Health Center, 2002 Madison Ave.,
If you have questions about
rapid HIV testing, please call
859.341.4264, Ext. 2085.
Blood tests are administered through the
Health Department's health centers by appointment only and will cost approximately
$15. Hours vary per site.
Please call the center of your choice for more information and to schedule an
Boone County Health Center
7505 Burlington Pike
Florence, KY 41042
Campbell County Health Center
Newport, KY 41071
Grant County Health Center
Williamstown, KY 41097
Kenton County Health Center
Covington, KY 41014
Click here for directions to these
For additional testing sites, visit
National HIV Testing Resources
page to search for testing sites by ZIP Code.
View a list of Northern
Kentucky locations distributing free condoms.
HIV/AIDS Case Management
HIV/AIDS case management services provide support, stabilization and referrals to community resources for persons living with HIV/AIDS and members of their households. Services are available to those living in the counties of Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Grant, Gallatin, Kenton, Owen and Pendleton. Services include: Short-term crisis counseling, housing and utility assistance, assistance with drugs and medicine, dental care, health insurance, transportation, nutritional guidance, links to support groups and volunteers, assistance in obtaining a medical doctor, and referrals for specialized counseling, food, housing and other community services. For more information or for an appointment, call 859.341.4264.
HIV/AIDS Outreach Services
Outreach services are provided to the community to promote HIV testing and counseling, and to encourage HIV Positive individuals to seek case management services. Special emphasis is on the hard to reach high-risk groups, such as African-Americans, Hispanics, substance abusers, homeless persons and the incarcerated. For more information, call
HIV/AIDS/STI Prevention Education
HIV/AIDS Prevention and
Education programs are available to community, professional groups, and
businesses upon request. Risk reduction
education is also provided to high-risk groups. For more information, please
HIV/AIDS Professional Education
Continuing Education Update course, approved by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health
and Family Services, is a multidisciplinary class suitable for any of the
professional groups impacted by KRS 214.610/615. It is a 2-hour course with a
cost of $20, payable on the date of the class. The course is offered bi-monthly.
859.341.4264 or visit the
page for current date, location and to RSVP. Several
online courses have also been approved by the state.
HELP-4-HEP (hepatitis C support line) A national toll-free support line for people affected by hepatitis C: 877-HELP-4-HEP (877-435-7443). This support line is staffed by specially trained peer counselors Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST to provide emotional support; infection, disease and health information; referrals; and a call-back service to support individuals through their journey with hepatitis C. HELP-4-HEP is a partnership among several well-known and nationally recognized nonprofits with a combined 90+ years experience in hepatitis C education, support and patient advocacy. Learn more.