Testing for HIV at Southwest Care Center

Southwest Care Center offers free and confidential rapid HIV testing at our locations in Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

Individuals who test positive for HIV at Southwest Care Center will receive immediate services and support from our trained testing counselors. Although our rapid tests are extremely reliable, a blood test will be performed and sent to a lab to confirm you results.  

If your test is confirmed positive, you can trust Southwest Care Center’s trained case managers and clinical staff to provide the care you need for the best possible outcome.

What is HIV?

HIV is a virus spread through certain body fluids that attacks the body’s immune system. Over time, HIV can destroy certain cells and impact the body’s ability to fight infections and disease. Currently in the United States, there is an estimated 1.1 million people living with HIV, including more than 150,000 people who are currently unaware of their HIV status. Nearly half of new HIV infections are transmitted by persons who are living with undiagnosed HIV. This is why encouraging all people in the community to get tested is so paramount. Testing is the first step in reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS and creating a healthier community.

Who Should Get Tested for HIV?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Revised Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women in Health-Care Settings advises routine HIV screening of adults, adolescents, and pregnant women in health care settings in the United States. The recommendations also call for reducing barriers to HIV testing. Depending on your risk factors your provider may recommend more frequent testing.

Additionally, data from clinical trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health clearly demonstrates that diagnosing HIV in its early stages and beginning therapy right away leads to much better health outcomes.

An important tool offered by Southwest Care is called PrEP