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OraQuick AdvanceHIV Testing

Friends For Life offers free and confidential HIV testing using the OraQuick ADVANCE Rapdi HIV-1 and HIV-2 Antibody Test.

More than 99% accurate, the FDA approved OraQuick test takes only minutes to complete. No blood or needles are required!

OraQuick uses the oral fluid, oral mucosal tansudate (OMT) which is collected from the upper and lower gums.

To find out more about the OraQuick test, call the Friends For Life office at (901) 272-0855. You can also visit the OraSure site at

Why Get Tested?

Get TestedThere are many reasons to be tested and know your status. The most important one is that research confirms that persons who begin treatment early in their infection live longer.

Check out these websites to learn more reasons to be tested.

National Association of People with AIDS

National HIV and STD Testing Resources

Days and Hours of Testing

Provided at the Friends For Life headquarters (43 N. Cleveland)
Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00pm-4:30pm. and Wed. 9am-12pm.
Results are provided 20 minutes after the test is taken.


What Happens if the Test is Positive?


One of the Peer Specialists will meet with you and explain more about what it means to test positive (it is NOT a death sentence) and will make an appointment with the Memphis/Shelby County Health Department. The purpose of this appointment will be for the Health Department to draw blood and conduct a confirmatory test which is 100% accurate. This is done to ensure the OraQuick test was not a false positive.

National HIV Testing Day

Please check out our ‘Newly Diagnosed’ page to learn what to do next.

What Happens if the Test is Negative?

During the testing process, risk reduction counseling is conducted at which time your risk factors will be discussed. Risk factors include your behaviors that may place you at risk for HIV infection such as sexual practices, alcohol and drug abuse, etc.

Other FREE HIV Testing Locations

Find Out More

GMHC AIDS Hotline:
1-800-AIDS-NYC (1-800-243-7692)
TTY: 1-212-645-7470
International: 1-212-807-6655
Hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm (Eastern Time); Saturday, 12:00 to 3:00 pm
General AIDS hotline for those worried that they may be infected, or people trying to access New York City AIDS resources.

Hemophilia AIDS Network/National Hemophilia Foundation:
International: 1-212-328-3700
Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (Eastern Time)

HIPS Hotline:
1-800-676-HIPS (1-800-676-4477)
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Harm reduction oriented health information for sex workers and their families.

HIV Health InfoLine (From Project Inform):
1-888-HIV-INFO (1-888-448-4636)
Hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm (Pacific Time)
Non-judgmental volunteer operators listen to callers, share their own stories and provide calm, clear and encouraging information about HIV disease and its care. They draw on a wealth of real-life experience in helping people navigate health care obstacles and talk to doctors about their concerns. English and Spanish speakers available.

National AIDS Hotline: 
1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) 
TTY: 1-888-232-6348 
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 
In English, en Español.

National Association of People With AIDS Hotline:
Hours: Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 5:30 pm (Eastern Time)