Health. Equity. Hope.

About Testing

Free walk-in HIV and hepatitis C testing at our Knoxville and Chattanooga offices is available Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Clients can receive STI/STD testing at our Knoxville and Chattanooga offices.

To get tested or ask questions, call 865-525-1540.


What happens when I get tested?
  • We currently only test for HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV).
  • Testing appointments take approximately 30 minutes (results come back in 20 minutes).
  • The rapid tests are a fingerstick and require a drop of blood.
  • Rapid HIV tests show if you have antibodies – these appear within 3-4 weeks from exposure.
  • Rapid HCV tests show if you have antibodies, which appear if you’ve ever been exposed to. Some people cure Hepatitis C on their own, so if you test positive on the rapid test you will need a blood draw to confirm your viral levels.
What happens if I test positive for HIV?
  • Getting an HIV diagnosis can be life-changing, but today, HIV is extremely treatable.
  • The first thing that happens if you test positive is a second fingerstick to confirm your status. After that, you’ll meet with a medical case manager who will help you navigate services and set you up with an appointment for HIV medication.
  • PL & CHN can provide many resources for people living with HIV, including medical care, food, housing, and transportation assistance, and more.
What happens if I test positive for HCV?
  • HCV can be cured in a few months with a simple pill regimen that is more effective and has fewer side effects than medication used in the past.
  • The PL & CHN team will connect you with confirmatory testing to determine if you have the Hepatitis C virus, as well as a treatment provider if needed.