HIV Testing and Treatment

Testing for the HIV antibody is provided through Columbia Health's Gay Health Advocacy Project.

  • Open to Everyone at Columbia—The service is available free to all students, their partners, staff, and faculty regardless of gender or orientation.
  • Client-centered—Peer counselors are sensitive to your situation, whether it’s your first test or routine testing. They will tailor the session to your needs.
  • Informational—Advocates from the Gay Health Advocacy Project welcome questions about HIV, STIs, vaccines, and safer sex.
  • Non-judgmental—Our goal is to support you through your testing experience and provide you with accurate information.
  • Confidential—Columbia Health upholds strict levels of confidentiality and all counselors are HIPAA-certified.

Consult with an Advocate

Even if you are not sure that you want a test, you can come in and talk with a peer advocate. Trained advocates from the Gay Health Advocacy Project will work with you to understand confusing and sometimes anxiety-provoking information about HIV and its transmission. We can help you assess and reduce your risk of HIV infection and provide information about the transmission, treatment, and prevention of other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Advocates are also trained to provide peer counseling about other topics.

Treatment and Support for HIV-positive Students

The Gay Health Advocacy Project works with other Columbia Health staff to offer the clinical care, support, and information HIV-positive students need to manage infection effectively. All services are covered under the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan:

  • Individualized care from an HIV specialist
  • Regular monitoring of CD4 and viral load
  • Medications
  • Preventative treatments
  • Psychological support, both individual and through the HIV Positive Support Group.

For HIV-positive students who plan to study at Columbia, the Columbia Student Health Insurance Plan provides coverage sufficient for HIV medication prescriptions. If you have other insurance, we will help you connect to services that cover the costs. Contact us at [email protected] with questions.

For students with a known or likely exposure to HIV, Gay Health Advocacy Project can facilitate further testing, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), and professional support.