HIV Testing and Counseling

The Adolescent Initiative at CHOP offers specialized HIV testing and counseling to adolescents age 12-24.

Fast facts about HIV

  • Half of all new HIV infections in the United States occur in young people younger than 25
  • In the United States, 20,000 young people are infected with HIV every year
  • Every hour, two teenagers are infected with HIV
  • Only one in four teens who have HIV actually know it; the other three often pass HIV along to others without even knowing it

Who should get tested?

  • Anyone who is sexually active

Why should you get tested?

  • Everyone should know their HIV status — positive or negative
  • It is a great way to get some education, counseling, and safer sex supplies
  • If you have been diagnosed with any STD, you may have also been exposed to HIV
  • If you have HIV, you need to get special healthcare to make sure that you stay healthy and safe. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia can help with that as well

HIV testing

HIV testing is CONFIDENTIAL. That means anything you discuss with the health educator in an examination room is private — including your test results.

You have some choices about what kind of test you use. We have two tests that include just a swab in the mouth — no needles and no blood:

  • Oral Standard HIV Test — results come back in two weeks (requires a second appointment)
  • Oral Rapid HIV Test — results come back in 20 minutes

In most cases, we recommend rapid HIV testing. This way, we can quickly learn your results and if a positive test result is identified, we can immediately get you connected to an appropriate HIV specialty care clinic.

HIV counseling

Along with HIV testing, you'll also receive helpful education and resources as well. Plan on spending between 30-60 minutes with a health educator who will:

  • Review HIV and how it is transmitted
  • Explain how you can protect yourself and practice safer sex 
  • Discuss your personal risks, any recent exposures and specialized risk reduction planning
  • Determine who are your social and familial supports
  • Post-test counseling
  • Discuss partner notification counseling
  • Receive condoms and safer sex supplies

Testing location and times

Testing is available from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at  CHOP’s 3550 Market Street offices, in the 4th floor Adolescent Clinic. You can come in for a walk-in appointment, or schedule an appointment by calling 215-590-1154. There may be a wait for walk-in appointments.

Contact us

If you believe you are at risk for HIV, please contact us. by: 

  • Calling the health educator at 1-877-423-TEENS (8336) to schedule an appointment.
  • Calling 1-800-985-AIDS (2437) if none of the the testing times and dates are convenient.