Health Care Center for
232 North Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, Florida 32805
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Contact us for extended hours.
It is estimated that over one million people in the United States are currently living with HIV, and that 20% of these people do not even know they are
infected. Statistics provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicate that over 90,000 individuals living in Florida have HIV,
with over 10% residing in the metropolitan Orlando area.
HIV causes AIDS by damaging the cells in our immune system to the point it can no longer fend off other infections it would normally be able to
prevent. The only way to tell if you have HIV is to be tested. You can't tell if someone has HIV just by looking at them and typical HIV symptoms can
also be indicative of other illnesses. While it usually takes at least three months from actual exposure for a test to be able to detect the HIV antibodies
in the blood, you can transmit the virus to someone else as soon as you become infected. It can take up to 10 years, or even longer, for HIV infection
to develop into AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).
If you think you may have been exposed to HIV, please be tested for your own peace of mind and to protect those you care about. With early detection
you can receive emotional support and advice on the next steps you should take; have your health assessed and begin treatment as early as possible;
take measures to protect your current or future sexual partners; and make sure that if you do fall ill that your symptoms will be taken seriously.
Statistics show that the earlier you are able to start antiretroviral treatment, the more likely you are to live a long and healthy life.
If you would like a free and confidential rapid HIV test, please come to our Health Center. All our rapid HIV tests are performed on a walk-in basis. If
you have any questions, please contact us at 407-428-5751 Ext. 301.
The Health Care Center for the Homeless (HCCH) conducts a confidential
rapid HIV testing program that is open to anyone from anywhere. There
are no geographic or financial requirements to receive this test at our
clinic, the Orange Blossom Family Health Center. We use an antibody test
administered by finger stick and the test takes approximately 20 minutes
to obtain a reactive or non-reactive result. If a reactive result is received, a
blood sample is taken and forwarded to the Department of Health for
confirmatory testing. It takes two weeks to receive status confirmation
from this testing. There is no cost to the patient for the rapid HIV test
performed here at our Health Center.
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) cannot grow on its own, requiring the
cells of a living organism to reproduce. It cannot be transmitted through
the air, but can be transmitted in different ways including unprotected sex
with an infected partner; the sharing of drug needles; or from mother to
child through pregnancy, delivery, or breastfeeding. The test we use at
HCCH looks for antibodies in the blood that are only present when a person
has been infected with HIV.
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