Free, Anonymous HIV Testing at HUP

Philadelphia Community Health Alternatives (PCHA) is now providing free, anonymous HIV testing at HUP.

The PCHA site operates every Tuesday from 12:30 to 4 p.m. No appointment is required, testing is done on a walk-in basis. This may result in a lengthy wait for students if the service becomes popular, so please be forewarned. The location of the service is in the Family Planning Clinic, 1 West Gates (enter directly across Spruce Street from Houston Hall). PCHA also operates the Mazzoni Clinic at 1642 Pine St., which has a long history of providing quality HIV testing, counseling, and support services. Their phone number is 735-1911.

In addition, there are currently two other anonymous, free HIV testing sites within walking distance of the Penn campus:

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia recently began a testing program focusing on clients in the age range 18-24. Testing is done on a walk-in basis (no appointment needed) every Wednesday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first floor of St. Leonard's Court, 39th and Chestnut Streets.

Another testing service is available at The Consortium, 451 University Avenue, across from the Veteran's Administration Hospital (roughly 3 blocks south of Spruce Street on the left side of 38th Street). Appointments are required at The Consortium, and may be obtained by phoning 596-8000. Ray Smith is the staff person there in charge of HIV testing and counseling.

Referrals to other HIV-related services can be obtained from Penn's Office of Health Education at 573-3525 (e-mail:

Kurt Conklin, Office of Health Education


Volume 43 Number 1
July 16, 1996

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