According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people aged 13-24 accounted for an estimated 26% of all new HIV infections in the US in 2010. Almost 60% of youth with HIV in the US do not know they are infected. If not treated, HIV can lead to a fatal condition known as AIDS.  In order to help our students protect themselves and others against this potentially deadly virus, GatorWell offers FREE confidential HIV counseling and testing at the GatorWell main office to UF students by appointment. Schedule an appointment using the request button below, calling the GatorWell Office at 352-273-4450 or emailing GatorWell directly at gatorwell@ufl.edu. We will work hard to find a time that works best for your schedule.

Fall 2019 HIV Counseling and Testing Schedule
Day Time 
Monday 9:00am-12:00pm
Tuesday 1:00pm-4:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am-12:00pm

GatorWell uses an oral mouth swab test called OraSure® to test for HIV. We do not draw blood. The most common type of HIV Test, and the test GatorWell uses, detects the antibodies produced by the body after HIV infection. Generally, it can take up to three months for HIV antibodies to develop in the human body at a level in which the HIV test can detect. This is called the “Window Period”. If there was a possible exposure (no condom used, a condom break, etc.) in the last three months before the day of an HIV test, the HIV test will not account for that exposure. Test results will be available IN PERSON two weeks from the date of the initial visit.

What to expect

Schedule an appointment: Request an appointment from our website using the button below, call the GatorWell office at 352-273-4450 or by email. We will  find a time and place that works well for your schedule! 

***A note about the 'Window Period': The most common type of HIV Test, and the test GatorWell uses, detects the antibodies produced by the body after HIV infection. Generally, it can take up to three months for HIV antibodies to develop in the human body at a level in which the HIV test can detect. This is called the “Window Period”. If there was a possible exposure (no condom used, condom break, etc.) in the last three months before the day of a HIV test, the HIV test will not account for that exposure.*****

Initial Visit: During the first visit a health educator will discuss details of the process and take a mouth swab (non-blood) sample for testing. The sample will be sent to the Florida Bureau of Laboratories in Jacksonville and test results will be available IN PERSON two weeks from the date of the initial visit. At minimum this visit will take 20 minutes. However, we encourage students to bring any questions they have about HIV specifically, sexual health in general (other STIs, contraception options, etc.) and/or navigating healthy relationships. You can also pick up FREE condoms (external/male and internal/female), lube and/or dental damns at this time. At the conclusion of this appointment, you can make a follow up appointment to obtain your results in person.

Follow up visit: At the follow up visit the student will obtain their results in person (required). At minimum this visit will take no more than 5 minutes, however this is a good opportunity to ask the health educator any questions that may have come to mind after the initial visit or any sexual health questions in general.

Other HIV Testing Locations

This information is subject to change. Please contact each site directly for the most current information.

Student Health Care Center: Confidential rapid HIV testing is available by appointment for a nominal fee. 
Infirmary Building | 352-294-7465 (Red Team) or 352-392-1161 (General Teams)

The Alachua County Health Department: Confidential HIV testing for an optional $20 fee. Rapid testing available (results in 20 minutes). Appointment preferred.

224 SE 24th Street | 352-334-7960 

Planned Parenthood: Confidential counseling & testing available by appointment. $70 for rapid test-results in 20 minutes, $85 for blood test-results in 2-3 days
914 NW 13th Street | 352-377-0881