Center for HIV/AIDS Care & Research at BMC

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HIV Testing/Project TRUST

HIV Testing/Project TRUST
Types of HIV Tests
Testing for Hepatitis B & C
Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) tests
Testing Definitions
Group Counseling at Project TRUST
Satellite Testing Site
Social Networks Project

Project TRUST 
(Teaching, Referral, Understanding, Support, and Testing)

Project TRUST provides a variety of HIV/AIDS related services and a wealth of information in a comfortable, non-threatening environment. Our motto is "We will understand you, support you, counsel you, test you and teach you...We will never judge you."

Our diverse staff members speak over ten languages and are experienced in providing client-centered counseling and risk reduction to diverse populations. All testing at Project TRUST is available Monday thru Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Project TRUST Services

  • Accurate information about HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and STIs

  • Free, anonymous or confidential testing for HIV

  • Free, confidential rapid HIV testing

  • Free, confidential Hepatitis C testing

  • Free, confidential testing for some STIs

  • Individual and group harm reduction counseling

  • Free preventative supplies (condoms, lube, bleach kits)

  • Referrals to social services and medical call

Location & Hours

721 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617.414.4495

Walk-in Service/No Appointment Necessary

Monday – Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Testing available: 9 am - 4 pm

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Types of HIV Tests

OraQuick Advance (Rapid Test)

The Rapid Test is performed on a drop of blood taken from your finger. It takes 20 minutes to process and you will receive your result the same day. It has 99.6% sensitivity and 100% specificity. This is a screening test, meaning, if your result is "reactive," we must draw your blood the same day for confirmation. The Rapid Test can only be done confidentially.

Blood Test (Serum Test)

This test is performed by drawing your blood and sending it to the lab for processing. Your counselor will schedule a follow-up appointment with you in two weeks so that you can pick up your result. Your result must be picked up in person. The HIV Blood Test has 100% sensitivity and 100% specificity. This test can be done both confidentially and anonymously.

OraSure (OMT)

This test is performed by collecting a sample from your mouth and sending it to the lab for processing. Your counselor will schedule a follow-up appointment with you in two weeks so that you can pick up your result. Your result must be picked up in person. The OraSure test has 98.6% sensitivity and 97.7% specificity. If the OraSure test comes back positive, your counselor must draw your blood for confirmation. The OraSure test can be done both confidentially and anonymously.

Learn more about testing definitions of sensitivity, specificity, anonymous testing and confidential testing.

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Testing for Hepatitis B & C

Testing for Hepatitis B and C is performed by drawing your blood and sending it to the lab for processing. This test will screen your blood for both Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. This test can only be done confidentially. Your counselor will schedule a follow-up appointment with you in 2 weeks so that you can pick up your Hepatitis B & C results. Your results must be picked up in person. The Hepatitis B & C Test has 99.95% specificity. All clients receiving this test are offered vaccinations for Hepatitis A and B at our STD Clinic.

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Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Tests

You must be asymptomatic (not experiencing any symptoms). If you are experiencing symptoms, i.e., itching, burning, or sores, please visit our STD Clinic for an exam and treatment. If you were recently treated for any of these STIs, you must wait 30 days after stopping treatment before retesting.
 
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea

Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing is done via a urine test. This test will test your urine for both infections. This test can only be done confidentially. Your counselor will schedule a follow-up appointment with you in two weeks so that you can pick up your results.

Syphilis

This test is performed by drawing your blood and sending it to the lab for processing. This test can only be done confidentially. Your counselor will schedule a follow-up appointment with you in 2 weeks so that you can pick up your result.

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Testing Definitions

Sensitivity: The ability of a test to detect the infection, i.e., positive result.

Specificity: The ability of a test to detect non-infection, i.e., negative result.

Anonymous Testing: Your name is not linked to your specimen or test result. Instead, we use a random code. You do not even need to tell us your name or any other identifying information. We cannot give you a copy of your test result if you test anonymously.

Confidential Testing: We record your name and your contact information for our records. (This information is not shared with anyone outside of Project TRUST, including the lab that processes your specimen.) Confidential Testing provides the advantage of allowing your counselor to follow-up with you and coordinate any necessary referrals you may need, i.e., health care, substance abuse treatment, etc.

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Group Counseling at Project TRUST

Court Education: Every Wednesday, 12 pm - 1 pm

For more information about group counseling, please call 617.414.4495.

Group Educational Presentations

We conduct educational presentations for groups at a variety of locations including: treatment centers, halfway houses, rehabilitation centers, schools and shelters. Our staff can provide individual HIV testing on-site after presentations free of charge.

For more information about group educational presentations, call 617.414.5432.

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Satellite Testing Site

Project Umbrella

Free confidential HIV testing
Rapid HIV test available:  results in 20 minutes

Walk-in: no appointment necessary
Monday thru Friday, 9am - 4pm

41 Dimock Street
Roxbury, MA 02119
Phone: 617.442.8800 x1399

Languages: English and Spanish

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Social Networks Project

Did you get tested for HIV by one of our programs?

Help make a difference in the lives of people you care about. Encourage family, friends, and partners to Get Tested and Get Counseled.

Are you living with HIV? Are you concerned about how to disclose your status to your partners? We can help.

For more information, or to enroll in the Social Networks Project, call 617.414.5432.
 

Appointments

Call: 617.414.4290
Fax: 617.414.4285


STD Program

Call: 617.414.4290, option #3
STD Hotline: 617.414.4081


Boston Medical Center
Center for Infectious Diseases
Dowling Building
Ground Floor
850 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118


HIV Testing/Project TRUST

Walk-in Service / No Appointment Necessary
Call: 617.414.4495

721 Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA 02118
M– F, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Testing available 9 am – 4 pm


Refer a Patient

Call: 617.414.4290
Fax: 617.414.4285


Administration Offices

Center for HIV/AIDS Care & Research
Dowling Building, 3rd Floor
771 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118
Call: 617.414.7059
Fax: 617.638.8070


Evans Biomedical Research Center
650 Albany Street, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02118
Call: 617.414.3504
Fax: 617.414.5283


Learn More

Quick Links

Center for Infectious Diseases
Directions to BMC
HIV Testing/Project Trust
Walk-in STD Clinic

Downloads (PDF)

BMC Campus Map
What Makes BMC Special


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