Shreveport - Prevention
318-222-6633 ext. 2114
Shreveport - SIHLE
318-222-6633 ext. 2113
The Philadelphia Center offers free, rapid, oral HIV testing at its Prevention Office at 1804 Centenary Blvd. Testing is always done one-on-one with a state certified counselor, and the entire process from start to finish takes about an hour. Testing is done on a walk-in basis, with no need to schedule an appointment. All testing is confidential and our professional staff are here to help not only administer testing, but provide counseling and linkages to community resources.
Testing Hours (See our Event Calendar for more information):
- 9:00AM – 4:00PM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
- Mobile Testing Unit – Special Dates & Times. See Calendar for more information.
The Rapid HIV test is administered via an oral swabbing of the gums, and will come back one of three ways:
- Negative, meaning HIV anti-bodies were not detected. REMEMBER, though, this essentially means that the person is negative from three months ago and before. If there is concern about a recent exposure, re-testing after three months has passed is necessary.
- Invalid, meaning something did not work correctly with the test. This does not occur often but may happen as a results of a mis-manufactured test, not a good sample, or a number of other, uncommon, reasons. If this happens, the counselor will inform the client and another test will be performed.
- Preliminary Positive, meaning that the test found HIV antibodies in the specimen. Since this test is over 99% accurate, if it comes back positive it’s a good indication of infection. However, a confirmatory test MUST be conducted to diagnose someone as HIV positive. If someone tests positive, and the second test comes back positive, the staff will work with that individual to access care and support services either through The Philadelphia Center or other appropriate care.
Partner Services is a service offered through the Office of Public Health to help people inform current or past partners of their status anonymously. This service is offered to all newly diagnosed clients, or anyone else who is HIV positive and needs help letting partners know. Our Prevention staff will assist preliminary positive clients contact Partner Services and next steps for treatment and care.
The Prevention Department maintains 76 condom sites throughout Region 7, with testing and education information included.
Outreach and recruitment take place in 13 different neighborhoods and communities throughout Region 7. Prevention staff pass out condoms, literature, and make referrals to the residents of these communities. Also, staff performs presentations in different community settings such as businesses, festivals, health fairs, and schools.
SIHLE (Sistering, Informing, Healing, Living, and Empowering)
SIHLE is an intervention to reduce HIV sexual risk behavior among African-American teenage females, aged 14-18 years of age, who are at high risk of acquiring HIV. Located in both the Shreveport and Monroe regions, the intervention consists of four weekly 3-hour sessions conducted in a community-based setting. The small group sessions consists of 6-12 African-American teenage girls. The sessions are gender-specific and culturally relevant, and they include behavioral skill practice, group discussions, lectures, role-laying, and take-home exercises.