How testing is done at the Horizons Project:
- The Horizons Project offers free and confidential testing using FDA approved rapid point-of-care test that detects both HIV-1/2 antibodies and free HIV-1 p24 antigen. This 4th generation test has the ability to identify HIV earlier than 2nd and 3rd generation antibody-only tests. It enables health care providers to diagnose HIV infection earlier allowing individuals to seek medical care sooner. The Alere Determine test is accurate, simple and painless, but does require the client to give blood. The collection procedure is simple and a trained Horizons Project staff member will guide a client through the process.
- The process starts with cleaning the area of the finger that will be used. Sometimes the finger is massaged to increase blood flow towards the tip of the finger. Next, a fingerstick allows a single drop of blood to be collected from the same finger. The sample of blood is then transfered to the Alere Determine device for testing. Each HIV test is accompanied by prevention counseling by one of our trained Horizons Project counselors and within 20 minutes you will receive your results.
For more information about testing, or to schedule a test, call our general number (313) 577-6096.