Test Yourself Montco
HIV/STD At-Home Testing
Test Yourself Montco (TYM) is a pilot program that offers free, confidential, self-collect HIV/STD testing in the comfort of your home, to people who are at high-risk of getting HIV.
If you are sexually active, getting tested for STDs and HIV is one of the most important things you can do to protect your health. Testing lets you know if you have HIV or another STD. Many STDs can be cured with antibiotics, and all can be managed with other medication to minimize risk to you and others.
Who can receive test kits?
TYM is available to:
- Anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Montgomery County, and
- Age 18-year-old and older, and
- Is at high risk of getting HIV, and
- Will use the test kit within 2 weeks.
How do I know if I'm eligible?
Complete our TYM Eligibility Survey. If you are eligible, we will contact you to discuss TYM.
Frequently Asked Questions
What do TYM kits test for?
TYM kits test for chlamydia, gonorrhea, and trichomoniasis. They also initially test for syphilis and HIV. Please note: If you initially test positive for syphilis or HIV, you will need a follow-up blood test. We will contact you to coordinate additional testing.
What samples do I need to collect for testing?
You collect a urine sample and blood sample (from a finger prick) in the comfort and privacy of your own home.
When should I collect and return my sample?
Samples must be collected in the morning during the week, Monday through Friday. Samples must be returned on the same day via UPS. Shipping labels will be provided with the kit. There is no fee.
How long will it take to get my test results?
Once the specimens get to the lab, confidential results will be available within 2-5 days. We will contact you to review your results once they are available. A link will be provided once your test kit is activated. You will also be provided with a link to view results in an online portal.
What do I do if I test positive?
You will have access to your test results and treatment options through an online results portal. We will also contact you with your test results to:
- Connect you to treatment and/or additional services
- Provide partner services
- Connect you to care and prevention services
I recently had sex with someone who tested positive for an STD. Does it matter when I take the test?
For chlamydia and gonorrhea testing, you should wait three weeks after a possible exposure to get tested. For HIV testing, you should wait at least four weeks after a possible exposure to get tested.
- Includes prevention services: Condom Distribution, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, HIV Navigation Services and Partner Services,
Free Condoms: We provide free condoms to all residents upon request who live or go to school in Montgomery County, PA. If you are interested, call us at (610) 278-5117 and ask to speak with someone from the Division of Communicable Disease Control or click here to submit online.