HIV/STI Counseling, Testing & Referrals

Fenway Health is a Safe and Respectful Place to Receive Testing and Counseling for HIV/AIDS and Other STIs

Fenway Health’s HIV/STI clinic is now open by appointment only!

Call us at 617.267.0159 to book. We offer:

  • HIV/STI testing by appointment only
  • STI treatment by appointment only
  • Telehealth PrEP navigation services
  • Telehealth linkage to HIV care service

 

The HIV/STI public health clinics at Fenway Health are funded by government grants to specifically serve men who have sex with men and/or those who identify as transgender, and their partners.

  • If you are seeking HIV/STI testing and identify as a man who has sex with men and/or as transgender, or you have a partner who identifies as such, please call the Fenway Health Prevention & Screening Hotline at 617.267.0159 to schedule an appointment or visit one of our walk-in clinics. Time and locations of walk-in clinics can be found at www.yourhealthboston.org.
  • If you do not identify as a man who has sex with men and/or as transgender, or you are not a partner of someone who identifies as such, please call 617.927.6000 to schedule an appointment with a Fenway Health Primary Care provider, or to discuss same-day appointment/walk-in options.

 

If you have insurance and a provider, we encourage you to get STD testing as part of a medical appointment. Call 617.927.6000 to make an appointment. If you get your primary care elsewhere, ask your doctor to refer you to Fenway for a sexual health screening.

In order to book a slot, please call 617.267.0159 to pre-register. Make sure to call us right away if you have symptoms of an STD, or someone you have recently had sex with told you they were just diagnosed with an STD. STD testing for those in need include comprehensive testing for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, Hepatitis C and HIV.

HIV and STD testing is available at a number of Fenway Health, AIDS Action, and Multicultural AIDS Coalition locations. Please visit our HIV & STD Prevention website yourhealthboston.org for locations and schedules for testing and counseling. Our website also provides information on how HIV & STDs are transmitted and how to play safe. We also list up-to-date information on support groups, social & educational events, and research studies.

Because there are multiple locations and options for HIV testing, call 617.267.0159 to speak with a counselor or visit yourhealthboston.org for more information.

Your counselor can book an appointment for you, or inform you of the nearest and soonest walk-in times. 

About Getting Tested

Fenway Health offers state-of-the art Generation 4 HIV Ag/Ab testing that not only looks for antibodies, but an antigen as well. This antigen is present in people who are newly infected with HIV and shows up within 14 days of exposure. This test requires a blood draw and results are back in a week or so. One of the big advantages of this test is the fact that the window period is so short. Early detection of HIV can dramatically improve treatment outcomes, as well as prevent those who don’t know they are newly-infected from spreading the virus to others. Newly infected HIV positive people are among the most infectious. Many transmissions happen because most newly-infected people aren’t aware of their status and they inadvertently pass HIV on to their partners.

For some time, we have looked for antibodies to determine if someone has HIV. Although this is still the most common way to detect HIV, there is a window period of between 2-12 weeks after exposure before the HIV antibodies show up.

Fenway now offers Generation 4 testing technology that not only looks for antibodies, but an antigen as well. This antigen is present in people who are newly infected with HIV and shows up within 14 days of exposure. With our generation 4 serum testing, HIV infections can be detected 2 weeks after exposure.

Note: this test is not available at all sites and at all times, and a return visit is needed to receive your results, as they are processed in a lab. Ask your counselor if the antigen/antibody serum test is right for you.

This service is free and results are ready in 20 minutes. Call 617.267.0159, or ask your counselor at the time of your visit.

This service is free. Call 617-267-0159, or ask your counselor at the time of your visit. A follow-up session to receive your test results with your counselor will be required.

In addition to booking you an appointment or explaining Fenway services, the HIV and STD Counseling Line offers free telephone counseling to those with questions or concerns about their sexual health, health insurance, LGBT issues, referrals and more. Counselors are available by telephone from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday through Thursdays and 11:00 am – 5:00 pm on Fridays. All of our counselors are certified by the state of Massachusetts and are ready to talk to you. Call 617.267.0159.

 

For patients with complex health problems such as HIV and other chronic illnesses, Fenway offers comprehensive case management services. Our registered nurses and medical case managers help patients understand and access the many resources available to them.

For chronically ill patients, the primary care nurse assumes the additional role of case manager, assisting and supporting you through the course of your illness. Your RN will help you understand the disease process and the impact it is likely to have on your health and provide the information you need to stay healthy and make sound choices about your health care.

Medical case managers are available to help you cope with the practical and emotional aspects of your care and help you access mental health counseling from a therapist. A medical case manager can help you apply for Medicare or Medicaid and access community-based services, such as financial, housing and legal assistance programs; coordinate and facilitate communication among multiple service providers; and make referrals to various other services. To help patients deal with the profound disruptions—physical, emotional, and financial—that serious illness or injury can bring, medical case managers also provide short-term, focused counseling and education to patients and their families.

Information About HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis & Other STIs

AIDS stands for Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome:

  • Acquired means you can get infected with it.
  • Immune Deficiency means a weakness in the body’s system that fights diseases.
  • Syndrome means a group of health problems that make up a disease.

 

AIDS is caused by a virus called HIV, the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. If you get infected with HIV, your body will try to fight the infection. It will make antibodies – special molecules to fight HIV. A blood test for HIV looks for these antibodies. If you have them in your blood, it means that you have HIV infection. People who have HIV antibodies are called “HIV-Positive.” To schedule an HIV test or for more information on Fenway’s HIV Counseling & Testing Services, call 617.267.0159. For more information about HIV/AIDS, click here.

Hepatitis refers to viral infections of the liver. There are several types of hepatitis, but here we will discuss the most common – Hepatitis A, B and C. Different types of hepatitis are transmitted in different ways:

  • Hepatitis A

    is transmitted through oral contact with contaminated feces. It can be passed through sexual contact, especially in men who have sex with men, or by coming into contact with contaminated food. There is a vaccine for Hepatitis A. •

  • Hepatitis B

    is highly contagious and usually contracted through sexual contact with an infected partner or through contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids. There is a vaccine for Hepatitis B.

  • Hepatitis C

    is more difficult to acquire than other types of hepatitis and is most commonly transmitted through blood-to-blood contact as can happen when injection drug users share needles. There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C and it can often be incurable.

Hepatitis symptoms vary in intensity from person to person but commonly include:

  • Fatigue, at times severe enough to make it difficult to get out of bed
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting that gets worse as the day progresses
  • Yellowing of the skin and eyes (jaundice)
  • Darker urine than normal and sand colored feces
  • Loss of smoking desire
  • Dull pain in upper abdomen (Hepatitis A)

For more information on hepatitis, it’s symptoms and how to protect yourself from it, click here.

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are infections you can get through sexual contact involving the mouth, penis, vagina or anus. Each year, there are more than 15 million new STD cases in the United States. STDs are more common that most people think. Young people are at particularly high risk.

Most STDs are easily cured if they are caught early. Unfortunately, many people don’t seek treatment because they have no symptoms and they don’t know that they have an infection. Other people have symptoms, but they don’t go to the doctor because they are embarrassed or they don’t realize that their symptoms are the warning signs of a serious infection. If left untreated, some STDs can cause severe health problems or even death. And if you don’t have an STD treated, you are more likely to pass it on to someone else. Talk to your doctor or counselor about any STD concerns you might have.

Click on the links below for more information on specific STDs:

To schedule an HIV test or for more information on Fenway’s HIV Counseling & Testing Services, please call

617.267.0159

Ansin Building

Fenway: South End

Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center

MyFenway

Patients can use MyFenway.org or MyBorum.org to request prescription refills and referrals online, and communicate over email with some Fenway Health or Sidney Borum, Jr. Health Center providers. Get help creating a MyFenway or MyBorum account here.

Questions? Email myfenway@fenwayhealth.org

Requesting Medical Records

To request a copy of your medical record, please download the medical records release form (PDF) and then fax it to 617.425.5713 or mail it to Medical Records, Fenway Health, Ansin Building, 1340 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215.

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