Jahleelah decided to get an HIV test to show how testing works for teens. AID Atlanta, one of many sites where teens can get tested for free, welcomed VOX in to experience, explain and record the process.
For this video, Jahleelah first got tested off camera to go through the process with privacy. Everything you see in this video, shot by Lizzie Likness, is real-time, exactly what Jahleelah experienced as a testing client, except the blood draw, which had to be recreated. AID Atlanta phlebotomist Russel Patterson removed his gloves after the official test during the video shoot but wore them during the actual blood draw.
Some Atlanta-area testing that serve teens include:
Georgia AIDS and STD Information Line: (800) 551-2728
Who: Anyone 13 and older can get free HIV and STI testing. Teens who test preliminarily positive for HIV are referred to Grady Infectious Diseases Program.
Where: 1605 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309
When: Testing center is open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m to 7 p.m., and Fridays 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Arrive 30 minutes before close for testing.
Contact: Cicely Richard, MSW, Youth Outreach Program Coordinator, 404-870-7722, aidatlanta.org
AID Atlanta also offers testing through school and community events and provides AIDS-awareness presentations for metro-Atlanta middle and high schools.
Who: Teen females, ages 13 to 18, can get HIV tests. Parent consent is needed to treat minors (who test positive).
Where: 233 Mitchell St., Ste. 200, Atlanta, GA 30303
When: Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Contact: 404-521-2410 for appointments. Aniz.org
Center for Black Women’s Wellness
Who: Teens 12- to 17 years old can get free rapid HIV test.
Where: 477 Windsor Street SW, Suite 309, Atlanta, GA 30312
Contact: Keri M. Pridgeon, 404-688-9202 ext.124. cbww.org
Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS)
Who: Teens 14 to 19 can get free HIV testing and counseling.
Where: 3510 Shallowford Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30341
Contact: Alnory Gutlay, programs manager, Alnory.email@example.com
CPACS also offers Safer Sex workshops for youth organizations, by request.
Grady Teen Services Clinic
Who: Teens (13 to 19) can get HIV testing and referral, STD screening and treatment, full range of contraceptives and sexual health care.
Where: Grady Hospital, second floor
When: Clinic is Monday and Wednesday afternoon (12:30-4:30 pm) and Saturday morning (8 a.m.-12 p.m.). Flexible scheduling offered.
Contact: 404-616-3513; gradyhealth.org/facility/teen-center
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