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Old 06-11-2001, 06:50 PM   #1
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I need to get tested, but I can't afford it.... what do I do??

Now that it's summer vacation and i'm off of school, I do have a job, but I can't afford to pay the $150 or so required for the test, well at least all of it up front.

I am about 99.9% sure I don't have one, I show no symptoms and I feel fine, but I did have unprotected sex and I don't talk to my partner at all anymore so naturally i'm a bit worried, but not really. What I'm actually paying for is closure, which is something i'd like very much.

Anyway, is there any low-cost facility where I could get tested or some form of a payment plan? I only work like 20 or so hours a week at a local blockbuster and I have lots of expenses and I already owe my parents some money. Plus, I can't help but feel that paying that much for a test is a waste of money... anyway, any advice is appreciated.

 
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Old 06-11-2001, 07:14 PM   #2
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Re: I need to get tested, but I can't afford it.... what do I do??

I do believe that if you go donate blood they will check for HIV and other blood born ailments. Now I don't really condone doing this but it is an option. Plus you would be doing a valuable service if you are OK.

Next time be more careful please.

 
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Old 06-11-2001, 09:21 PM   #3
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Re: I need to get tested, but I can't afford it.... what do I do??

Have you tried going to your local health clinic or planned parenthood. They both can do testing for you. I know at planned parenthood they can work with you on what you pay because they work on a sliding pay scale. In other words they base what you pay on what you earn. Try giving either a call and see what they ahve to say to you.
Here is a number to find a planned parenthood near you.
1-800-230-7526
As for a helath clinic just look in your local phone book.

 
Old 06-12-2001, 02:55 PM   #4
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Re: I need to get tested, but I can't afford it.... what do I do??

<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Jude29:
<B>I do believe that if you go donate blood they will check for HIV and other blood born ailments. Now I don't really condone doing this but it is an option. Plus you would be doing a valuable service if you are OK.

Next time be more careful please. </B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Doesn't HIV take six months to show up in the blood stream? If you think you could even remotely have HIV, please, please people, do NOT attempt to donate blood as a round about way of getting tested. Most county governments have a health department that will test you for free or at minimal cost.

 
Old 06-12-2001, 04:17 PM   #5
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Re: I need to get tested, but I can't afford it.... what do I do??

Good point Arney.

<B>IGNORE MY FIRST RESPONSE </B>

I agree with Whitewolf go to your local health dept.

 
Old 06-13-2001, 02:53 PM   #6
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Re: I need to get tested, but I can't afford it.... what do I do??

If you donate blood and you do have AIDS somebody will come to your house with a board in the hand and tell you that you have AIDS . They will not be discreet and if your friends , nieghbours or other people are around they will find out.

 
Old 06-15-2001, 10:56 PM   #7
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Re: I need to get tested, but I can't afford it.... what do I do??

Roger, I'm not sure about the UK but here in the US they are very discreet about it and call you after safely disposing of your blood. (The American Red Cross is who I used to donate through, and they were very clear about that. They also are VERY clear up front that if you even remotely think you have HIV or any other potential transmittable infection, you should not donate blood...if you do for whatever reason, they even give you a 5 minute alone-time opt out, where you lable your blood --in code -- as unusable and they destroy it ahead of time.) However, using blood donation as a way to catch HIV/STD's is really not the best method, not just because of reasons mentioned but because of the 1 in a million chance that your blood could not only be infected but NOT CAUGHT and passed on to someone. With todays modern blood management system, that kind of thing is a rarity, but why take the chance?! Also, they do test for quite a variety of disease, but not all STD's (especially if they don't know what to look for).

Free clinics in your area do exist, as does Planned Parenthood. If you are concerned, do call and get tested. They work with you on payment (from free up to standardized rates depending on your income). In the phone book under "clinic" you should find either, and when you call explain that you have no job/money and were hoping to be tested.

As usual I went on way too long. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> Good luck to you JwhyS.<p>[This message has been edited by FD (edited 06-16-2001).]

 
Old 06-17-2001, 09:17 AM   #8
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Re: I need to get tested, but I can't afford it.... what do I do??

I did not personally experience this , but heard of somebody else where this happended.
Maybe that procedure is out of date. Maybe it depends on who you are donating blood to.
They certainly don't want people to come in and use their facilities as an AIDS test.

 
Old 06-19-2001, 01:57 AM   #9
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Re: I need to get tested, but I can't afford it.... what do I do??

Like they said, it's a sliding scale. I think it's cheap if you don't make any money. Check around.

Anyway, you SHOULD be able to get tests cheap! If you can't we should change that!<p>[This message has been edited by dylon8000 (edited 06-19-2001).]

 
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