Tele-Testing

Utah AIDS Foundation Tele-Testing

 During this time of uncertainty, Utah AIDS Foundation is committed to getting you the essential sexual health services that you need. In response to the coronavirus outbreak, we have created a system for you to perform your HIV and STI testing at home. This guide will take you step by step through the process. Please make sure to read through the entire process as outlined on this page. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Blake at or send him a text at 385-602-2439. 

The testing procedure may change in the coming weeks as we try out this new system. It is our goal to make the process as smooth as possible for our clients. If you have any feedback (positive or negative) on the process of Tele-Testing, please feel free to reach out to Blake to provide any constructive criticism. 

For the time being we will only be offering Chlamydia/Gonorrhea testing (rectal swab, throat swab, and urine tests) and the OraQuick At Home HIV test. This HIV test has a 3 month window period. This means that the test requires 3 months after a potential HIV infection to most accurately detect the virus. Due to the necessity of collecting blood for syphilis testing, it is not anticipated that this test will become available for at home testing. 

HIV testing remains free, but everyone will be charged $15 for shipping. If you are doing any Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing it will be a $25 flat rate regardless of how many sites you are testing. 

  1.  Start by filling out our testing request form through Jotform, the link can be found at the bottom of this webpage. This form will collect your name, address, phone number, other pieces of demographic information, as well as allow you to select the tests you would like to perform. This is all information that normally would be collected at Intake during our regular Test Site. We have taken all necessary steps to ensure HIPAA compliance. So rest assured that all your information will be kept confidential. 

  2.  On this form you will see that you can select dates to schedule a time to have a video call with one of our volunteer counselors. We will be using Zoom for these video calls. Zoom does provide some level of encryption and security on it’s calls. You can learn more about the specifics here.

  3.  Our counselors will walk you through the process of performing the OraQuick At Home HIV Test. This test takes 20 minutes to run, during this time you will have the opportunity to discuss any sexual health related questions you may have with the counselor. At the end of the 20 minutes, the counselor will read and verify your HIV test results.

  4.  If your HIV test does come back positive, your counselor will connect you with Blake, that same night, to go over next steps. 

  5.  For the time being we will limit the amount of clients per night to allow us to work out any kinks in the system. 

  6. The evening of your appointment your counselor will text or email you the meeting code for the Zoom meeting. 

  7.  Once we have your information from the Jotform and have verified payment, we will then begin to assemble your sexual health care package and mail it out to you through USPS. The package will contain all the necessary materials to collect samples for the tests you have selected. Your sexual health care package will be sent out a few days before your scheduled counseling session. 

  8.  If you are doing Chlamydia and Gonorrhea testing you will receive blank test request form(s) as well as some blank label(s). This paperwork is for the lab so they know what test(s) need to be done. 

  9.  On the testing request form(s) please fill out your first and last name, birthday, and the date (mm/dd/yyyy) you collected the sample. These sections will be highlighted. Fill out the same information on the blank label(s). 

  10.  After you have filled out the testing request forms and labels, please double check to make sure everything is spelled correctly. If you need to make any corrections, use white out. This will make reading the information much easier for the lab. 

  11.  Place one label on each sample collection tube. If you are doing a urine test, be sure to not place this label over the two black lines that show the fill level. This is important, if the tube is underfilled or overfilled the sample will be rejected and the test will not be performed. 

  12.  There will be one testing request form for each sample. Once you have filled out the highlighted sections, fold the paper into quarters. You will see that there is a side pouch on each specimen bag. This is the pouch that has a small piece of plastic folded over the opening. This is NOT the main pouch that can be sealed off. Place only one paper into each of the side pouches. It is important that there is only one paper and one sample in each specimen bag so the lab knows which sample is which and what test(s) needs to be done. 

  13.  After you have double checked all the information is correct, labeled the collection tubes, and placed your requisition forms into the side pouches, go ahead and collect your samples. 

  14.  When collecting samples, be sure to not spill to liquid in the tube or puncture the foil on the lid. If you do, please contact Blake and he will ship you out another sample collection kit.

  15.  Please see (pdfRectal pdfUrine pdfThroat English Spanish) for written instructions on how to collect the samples. 

  16.  After collecting the samples you can go ahead and put them in the corresponding specimen bag. You will notice at the top of each form it is labeled either “urine,” “rectal,” or “throat.” Place the sample tube in the main, sealable pouch of the specimen bag. Make sure to place the correct tube in the bag with the correctly labeled testing request form (either urine, rectal, or throat). 

  17.  Once you have collected the samples you can drop them off at UAF whenever is convenient for you. Come to the front door (the one up the stairs and faces 1100 east) and drop off the samples through the mail slot. Samples will be collected and sent to the lab for testing.

  18.  Please note that due to the pandemic and a change in testing procedures, results may take longer than usual to come back. 

  19.  We will reach out to you with your results once we have them back from the lab. Blake will be giving you a call whether they are positive or negative. If you do not answer and have selected on the Jotform that we may leave you a voicemail, Blake will leave a voicemail with your test results. If your test results do come back positive he will be connecting you with treatment at your local health department. 

  20.  Please note that many local health departments are currently working on COVID-19 and you may have longer than normal wait times to get in for treatment.

 Please feel free to reach out to Blake with any questions or concerns you may have. , 385-602-2469.

Follow this link for Jotform