Testing 101

The Importance of Knowing Your Status


May 18, 2021



Should I get tested?

Do you know your status? 1 in 7 people living with HIV do not know their status.

“ Everyone should be tested for themselves, loved ones, and their future. Knowing your status is knowledge and power of your sexual health.”

Our testing team recommends that if you have had multiple casual sex partners over the course of a few months, that you get tested every three months. Most sexually active people should get tested every six months. People in monogamous relationships may use their own discretion, but we recommend testing once per year. If you’re not sure how often you should be tested, contact our testing team at [email protected] or give us a call at 317 632 0123 or talk to your healthcare provider.

STD Testing

Damien Center provides free and confidential sexually transmitted diseases (STD - also known as STI or sexually transmitted infections) testing by state-certified testers at our Damien Center Testing Center.

When you visit our testing center, you choose which tests you want. If you are symptomatic (showing signs or symptoms of a STD infection like itching, rash or discharge), you will be referred to a medical provider for immediate services rather than waiting for test results. If you don’t have a medical provider, our staff will provide a referral to access treatment at the Bellflower Clinic, and provide transportation assistance when available.

“Testing is important , because you get to know your status which gives you the freedom to make your own choices and still be safe and healthy.”

Get Tested

Our testing center offers free and confidential HIV and STD testing – we accept both walk-ins and appointments.

Testing at the Damien Center, 26 N. Arsenal Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46201

  1. Mon-Tues-Thurs- 9a-11a & 2p-4p
  2. Wednesday – 10a-11a & 2p-4:30p
  3. Friday -9a-12p
  4. Saturday Testing is available every 2nd and 4th Saturday from 10a-1:30p

Testing at CAFÉ, 8902 E 38th St., Indianapolis, IN 46226

  1. Tues-Thurs – 9a -4p

Schedule your free test at our downtown location