HIV and STI Testing
SPOT HIV/STI Office Based Testing and Treatment Services:
HIV: For all youth seeking HIV testing, a sexual health questionnaire will be completed with a discussion of strategies/goals to meet sexual health goals. Rapid testing is done with a finger stick or blood draw and results are available in 20 minutes. A positive rapid test result will be confirmed with a blood draw and additional test. Youth with a confirmed positive result will be connected to HIV medical care and social services.
STI Testing is available for: syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, Herpes, and trich. Herpes testing can only be done if you have a visible sore, otherwise you will need to see another clinic that can do a blood test. Herpes and trich testing can only be done during the Medical services hours (see days & times in the Medical Services section).
All results are available in 2-3 days. FREE medical treatment is offered for all positive STI results.
We offer a free HIV test (cheek swab) that you can take at home. You must be at least 18 years, have a MO shipping address, and agree to share your test result with Project ARK staff. One kit can be sent per person.
To request a free HIV test kit, you have two options:
(1) Complete a secure online request
(2) Call (314) 203-3700 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
With either option, we will need to gather some information from you by phone before we can ship the kit to you (2-3 days) or arrange a time for you to pick up at our office (4169 Laclede Avenue).
Once you receive the kit, you can then do the test on your own or while on the phone with a testing specialist. Either way, we will follow up to obtain your test result and offer additional resources that you may need, such as other STI testing, PrEP referrals or linkage to HIV care.
Call (314) 213-3700 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm) at any point in the process for assistance or to ask questions.
Additional Local HIV/STI Testing and Treatment Resources:
For other free or low cost options, view this St. Louis Testing/Treatment Guide. Most sites are by appointment only at this time and so we advise calling ahead to find out how to schedule.