Testing

To establish the need of HIV testing, it is important to know that experts estimate that nearly one-fourth of those infected with the HIV virus are unaware they are positive. Many who do get tested, do not return to get the results which can typically take up to two weeks. But there is now a type of HIV testing which gives results in less than 30 minutes and Matthew 25 offers this free, confidential HIV testing to everyone. Tests can be performed at our clinics in Henderson and Owensboro, Kentucky as well as our office in Evansville, Indiana. In addition, HIV testing is given at area bars and homeless shelters.

One of the most effective and easiest tests now given is the Rapid Oral HIV Test. An absorbent pad is swabbed around the upper and lower gums and then put in a vial containing a special solution. Within 20 minutes, the swab will indicate if HIV antibodies are present.
Please don’t let fear, a lack of transportation, or a dislike for needles keep you from finding out if you are HIV positive. Those administering the Rapid Oral HIV test are CDC certified and can determine with 99.3% accuracy if you have the virus in your body. They are also trained to offer confidential counseling as well as advice on how to proceed if your test is positive.
Please call 270-826-0200 or 1-866-607-6590 to set up a time for your free and confidential test.

Kentucky Testing Sites

Matthew 25 AIDS Services
452 Old Corydon Road
Henderson, Kentucky

Matthew 25 AIDS Services
1600 Breckenridge Street
Owensboro, Kentucky

Indiana Testing Site

Vanderburgh County Health Department
3rd Floor
420 Mulberry Street,
Evansville, IN 47713

Other Information

AIDS was first identified in the United States in 1981. The disease has now spread to every part of the U.S. and no sector of society has escaped its wrath. Experts believe more than one-million people in the U.S. are living with HIV. More than 600-thousand have died after developing AIDS.
The CDC estimates that of the adults and adolescents with AIDS, 77% are men. Of these men,

  • 58% were men who had sex with men
  • 21% were injection drug users
  • 11% were exposed through heterosexual contact
  • 8% were men who had sex with men and were injection drug users
  • Of the adult and adolescent women with AIDS – 64% were exposed through heterosexual contact – 34% were exposed through injection drug use
  • Of the almost four-thousand children living with AIDS, 97% probably acquired the infection from their mother

DID YOU KNOW???

  • Of the new AIDS cases reported in the United States, half are men and women between the ages of 15 and 24?
  • Since the 1970’s, AIDS has killed more than 21 million people?
  • By 2010, experts believe that AIDS deaths will rival those of the bubonic plague which killed 93 million people?
  • 96% of people with HIV live in the developing world?
  • Young women are more likely than young men to contract AIDS through heterosexual contact?
  • That AIDS is preventable????