Fast, Confidential, and Affordable Testing
Do you know your status? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that individuals at risk for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection or sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) get tested on a regular basis. The frequency of testing depends on certain risk factors. People who have multiple sexual partners, use injection drugs, or have unprotected sex should get tested more often.
How it works
Open Aid Alliance offers affordable and confidential HIV, HCV, Syphilis and STI testing. You’ll have your results quickly and be able to confidently reply “YES” when you’re asked “do you know your status”? Click the button below to make an appointment. A new tab will open and take you to our scheduling service where you can choose the date and time that works for you.
Walk-in tests are available between 11am-12pm, Monday -Thursday and on a first come, first served basis.
If you live outside of Missoula city limits, you may request a FREE in-home HIV test.
Our FAQ, which answers many questions about our tests can be found below.
Test Descriptions and Prices
HIV Free - $15
The test may be free depending on your risk factors. Your counselor will help you determine your risk factors during your appointment. Test results in about a minute with our new Insti tests.
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea $40
Open Aid Alliance offers a combo test that is self-administered. Test results take approximately one week.
HCV Free - $20
The test may be free depending on your risk factors. Your counselor will help you determine your risk factors during your appointment. Results take about 20 minutes.
Syphilis tests are free for any person with significant risk factors. Your counselor will help you determine your risk factors during your appointment. Test results take about 10 minutes.
OAA offers free pregnancy tests.
FREE At-Home HIV Test Kits!
Attention: Available for Montana Residents Only
Each confidential In-Home Test Kit includes:
1. Step-by-step instructions
2. (1) Rapid 20 minute HIV test swab and testing solution
3. Information on HIV and testing
Recipients of test kits consent to follow-up communication from OAA staff regarding the results of the test. In the event of a reactive result, a confirmatory blood draw will be necessary. OAA Staff will help recipients identify and coordinate the nearest confirmatory blood-draw testing location.
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Testing Services Info & FAQ
There are a few things to know before you get tested.
The tests are administered here at our office. You can schedule an appointment or walk in. We recommend making an appointment which can be scheduled most days from 10:30am to 4:00pm. Walk-ins are on a first come, first served basis and available from 11:00am to 12:00pm. Click here to schedule your test.
No HIV test can detect HIV immediately after infection. If you think you’ve been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours, talk to your health care provider about post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), right away.
The time between when a person may have been exposed to HIV and when a test can tell for sure whether they have HIV is called the window period.
- Our testing technology has a 6 week window period for HIV. The window period refers to the number of weeks required for the human body to develop antibodies to after infection. During the window period a person may test negative even if they are carrying the virus.
- Our testing technology has a 8 week window period for HCV. The window period refers to the number of weeks required for the human body to develop antibodies to after infection. During the window period a person may test negative even if they are carrying the virus.
- About 97% of people infected will have a positive HCV antibody test 6 months after exposure.
At this time, we do not take insurance. You may pay by cash, check or credit card.
- The test are confidential. Confidential testing means that the trained tester will be responsible for collecting the client’s contact information.
- A small blood sample is required for the test. This is incredibly accurate testing technology; however, a confirmatory blood draw is necessary to confirm a reactive result.
- If the test reacts with HIV, HCV or Syphilis antibodies, a line will appear on the test and we will assist you in obtaining a confirmation test. A confirmation test involves a blood draw and will look specifically for the virus instead of just the antibodies.
- The test is confidential. Confidential testing means that the trained tester will be responsible for collecting the client’s contact information under a strict privacy and confidentiality agreement.
- For individuals with a penis, a small urine sample is required for the test. For individuals with a vagina, a self-administered vaginal swab is required. This sample will be sent to an offsite lab for testing.
- Chlamydia and gonorrhea are curable. The treatment for these is a prescribed regimen of antibiotics.
- A trained OAA counselor will answer any questions or concerns and provide each individual with education about safe sex practices, chlamydia and gonorrhea infections, partner discussions, and referrals to care if patient is symptomatic and/or pregnant.
- Were you to receive a positive result, OAA will follow up with you to ensure that you are receiving necessary treatment. If you are not receiving treatment OAA staff will assist you with barriers to pursuing treatment.