HIV Testing

It is important to know your HIV status for you and your loved ones' health. With early detection, people living with HIV can live long, healthy lives. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20 percent of people living with HIV are undiagnosed. The undiagnosed 20 percent are responsible for 70 percent of new HIV infections.

HIV Care at MetroHealth

If you’re living with HIV, finding an excellent, specialist physician who you feel comfortable with is essential. MetroHealth’s HIV Clinic (Infectious Disease Clinic) uses a multidisciplinary approach, employing physicians, nurses, social workers, counselors and other professionals to make sure your holistic healthcare needs are met. Our HIV Clinic has been around since 1991 and treats about 1,650 patients per year. We offer appointments Monday – Friday, and there are some evening hours available. 

Call 216-778-8305 to schedule an appointment.

Call 216-778-4051 if you have questions about HIV.

Protect Yourself with PrEP

PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. Prophylaxis means to prevent or stop the spread of an infection. Since HIV is a virus, PrEP stops the virus before the person can be infected.  In 2012 the FDA approved the use of a medicine called Truvada for PrEP. Truvada is currently the only form of PrEP approved in the United States. Taking Truvada daily greatly reduces the chance of getting infected with HIV.

Click here to learn more about obtaining PrEP from a MetroHealth provider. Or call to make an appointment to determine if PrEP is right for you 216-778-8305.

Should I Get Tested?

Everyone, aged 13-64, should get tested at least once in their life. Annual testing is recommended if you meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Sex (vaginal, oral or anal) with multiple sex partners
  • Sex with someone who is HIV positive or whose HIV status you don't know
  • Sex between a man and another man
  • Using illegal injected drugs or steroids
  • Shared needles or syringes
  • Exchanging sex for money
  • A diagnosis or treatment for hepatitis, tuberculosis or a sexually transmitted disease like syphilis

Not having health insurance should not stop someone getting tested. The above list links to details about free HIV tests offered at numerous locations in and around Cleveland. If someone happens to test positive, resources exist that can help them pay for their care.

Free HIV Testing in Greater Cleveland

West Side

Cuyahoga Board of Health
5550 Venture Drive
216-201-2041 x1356
Tuesday 12:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday 1 - 6 p.m.

Hispanic Urban Minority Alcoholism Drug Abuse Outreach Project (HUMADAOP) 
3305 W. 25th St. 

Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center
6600 Detroit Ave.
1st/3rd Monday 5 - 7:30 p.m.
2nd/4th Monday 4 - 7:30 p.m.

May Dugan Center
4115 Bridge Ave.

Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center
2226 W 89th St.
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Planned Parenthood Old Brooklyn
3311 Broadview Rd. 
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Recovery Resources, Lakewood
14805 Detroit Ave. 
1st/3rd Tuesday

Recovery Resources, Ohio City
2900 Detroit Ave. 
1st/3rd Tuesday

St. Paul's Community Church
4427 Franklin Blvd.
2nd/4th Thursday 9 a.m. - 1p.m.

Thomas McCafferty Health Center
4242 Lorain Ave.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

East Side

AGAPE Program: Antioch Baptist Church
8869 Cedar Ave.
216-421-2345 x103

AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland
2829 Euclid Ave.
Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Care Alliance Health Center
1530 St. Clair Ave.
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cleveland Treatment Center: Project S.A.F.E.
6001 Woodland Ave. 

Community Action Against Addiction (CAAA) 
5209 Euclid Ave.

J. Glen Health Center
11100 St. Clair Ave. 
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

NorthStar ReEntry
1834 E 55th St.
2nd Monday 12:30 - 2 p.m.
3rd Thursday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Planned Parenthood, Bedford
25350 Rockside Rd.

Planned Parenthood, Cleveland
7997 Euclid Ave.

Recovery Resources, East 
3950 Chester Ave.

Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center
13944 Euclid Ave. 

Circle Health Services
12201 Euclid Ave.

University Hospitals
2061 Cornell Rd. 

Call 216-778-8305 to schedule an appointment at MetroHealth. Call 216-778-4051 if you have questions about HIV.