Text for Testing is a program created by the Pitt Men’s Study and the Pennsylvania Prevention Project, at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health. It was designed to make free HIV testing more accessible to residents of Pennsylvania. By texting “PAtest” to 41411, smart phone users can connect to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention database that lists free testing clinics throughout the state. You can then search by zip code to find the location nearest you.
Many of the clinics provide free rapid oral testing too—which means no needles and you get your results while you wait. For more information about Text for Testing, contact the Pitt Men’s Study by sending a message to PMS@stophiv.pitt.edu.