Get Tested

"Our people: we are responsible for each other and ourselves." - Kodiak Alutiiq Cultural Value

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Why get tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and HIV?

Because knowledge is power! Most STDs have no visible symptoms, and if left untreated they can eventually cause infertility, chronic pain and even death. If you are sexually active, in any way, there is no wrong reason to get tested. If you think you have an STD, you can do something about it. Knowing your status helps you and your partner(s) to stay healthy. Getting tested for STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) does not mean you will also be tested for HIV, you must ask for a HIV test!

Quick Fact: 1 of every 4 sexually active teens will get an STD this year. (source GYT)

What types of tests are there?

HIV and STD testing is free, quick, confidential and easy. Most STD tests are done with a simple urine test or a swab. You may have several options for HIV testing, such as mouth swab or small blood test. Getting tested for STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) does not mean you will also be tested for HIV, you must ask for a HIV test!

How do I talk with my partner about getting tested?

Your partner might be as concerned as you are and relieved to talk about getting tested. You can both show that you care for each other and value each other’s life by getting tested. It can be a good couple activity to go get tested together. A healthy relationship includes both partners supporting each other to know their STD/HIV status.

Where can I go to get tested?

Local health departments or village clinics offer STD and HIV testing as do doctors’ offices. Talk with your healthcare provider about testing. Don't know where to get tested in Alaska? Go to our Find a Clinic page or Order a free at-home STD testing kit, learn more below.

If I'm under 18 can I get tested?

In the State of Alaska, minors do not have to have parental permission to get tested and treated for STDs and HIV. When you see your doctor or health care provider make sure you are ask what tests they are performing. Getting tested for STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) does not mean you will also be tested for HIV, you must ask for a HIV test!

Feeling nervous? What will they ask?

Feeling nervous or uneasy about getting tested for STDs is something every one goes through. Remember, by being tested, you are taking charge of your good health. Examples of questions your doctor or provider may ask are: "Have you had sex with men? Have you had sex with women? Have you used condoms on a regular basis? Have you ever been diagnosed with a STD?"

Worried about someone finding out?

Remember your visit to the clinic or doctor is CONFIDENTIAL - meaning the doctors or providers can NOT tell your family or friends about your testing or results. Your parents do not need to give their permission and your parents will not be contacted by your provider to let them know you are being tested. If you are worried about your health care provider's ability to keep confidentiality or keeping your visit to the doctor private, read on about a free at-home STD test.

Quick fact: Alaska is #1 in the nation for Chlamydia in the US (source CDC)

Have more questions about getting a STD or HIV test?

You can ask your question confidentially, or call us at toll-free at 1-877-575-5504. Either way will give you professional advice from healthcare providers. We look forward from hearing from you!

Ready to get tested?

Your options:

  • Talk with your current doctor or healthcare provider about wanting to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases (STD) and HIV. 
  • Go to your local family planning clinic, Planned Parenthood clinic, village clinic, or many other testing locations (find a clinic here) to receive STD and HIV testing.
  • Order a free at-home STD testing kit from us! (Alaska mailing addresses only)
    • Here is how it works:
      • Visit www.iwantthekit.org or call 866-575-5504 to order a kit. Testing options include:
        • Vaginal & rectal female tests for Chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis.
        • Penile & rectal male tests for Chlamydia and gonorrhea.
      • If you ordered a kit, it will come to you in an anonymous envelope with instructions, a unique identification number, and a prepaid return envelope.
      • Use the enclosed vaginal, penile or rectal swab (depending on what you ordered) to collect a specimen for testing and place the swab(s) in the appropriate tube(s).
      • Place the tube together with the contact information sheet in the enclosed postage-paid envelope to mail it back to the lab.
      • The lab tests the swab(s) for Chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis. 
      • Within two weeks of mailing the test to the lab you can call a toll-free number at ANTHC (877-575-5504) or if you provided an email/phone number a nurse will give you your results.
      • If you test positive for Chlamydia, gonorrhea and/or trichomoniasis the nurse will work with you to find the best way to get you treated.
      • Testing and test results are confidential, but positive Chlamydia and gonorrhea results have to be reported to the State of Alaska as required by law. This does not mean that your partners will be notified or that anyone in your community will know. This is simply to collect the number of positives in the state of Alaska.

Order your free at-home STD test kit here!