Skip to Main Content

HIV Testing, Care, and Prevention

Caring for the citizens of Hamilton County, Ohio.

Click on one of the three options below.


Hamilton County Public Health has been helping to serve, educate, and protect the residents since 1919.


Caracole’s prevention program provides FREE, anonymous or confidential HIV and Hepatitis C (HCV) testing for the community. We conduct testing in our Northside office and throughout Hamilton County along with education and prevention services to at-risk populations. We focus our community outreach on men who have sex with men (MSM), people who inject drugs (PWID), and commercial sex workers. Caracole’s testing program consists of:

  • Free, rapid (results in 20 minutes) anonymous HIV testing
  • Free, rapid (results in 20 minutes) confidential Hepatitis C (HCV) testing

Walk-ins welcome at our Northside Office located at 4138 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45223! For questions, please call 513-761-1480.

Monday: 9-5
Tuesday: 9-5
Wednesday: 9-5
Thursday: 9-8
Friday: 9-5

HIV Testing experience

HIV testing is conducted as a finger stick blood test. Expect the process from arrival to departure to take 20 to 25 minutes.

HCV Testing experience

HCV testing is always as a finger stick. Expect the process from arrival to departure to take 20 to 25 minutes.


The Exchange Project

Hamilton County Public Health
250 William Howard Taft, 2nd Floor
Cincinnati, OH 45219

A Harm Reduction Program is a comprehensive, community based public health initiative that fights addiction by providing disease prevention, education and referral services. Prevention services include Safe Medication Disposal, making NARCAN® (Naloxone) available to the public at NO CHARGE through the NARCAN® Program, and offering clean needles through The The Exchange Project. The latter is also designed to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases like HIV and Hepatitis among people who inject drugs.

(LINK) View The Exchange Program Hours


University of Cincinnati Early Intervention Program

University Hospital Emergency Department
234 Goodman St.
Cincinnati, OH  45219
Open 24 hours

The UC Early Intervention (EIP) provides free, confidential HIV testing and counseling at the Emergency Department (ED) at University Hospital. Testing is available to ED patient during their visits. Testing is also available to the general public, appointments preferred. Please call to confirm counselor availability. For HIV-positive individuals who are not receiving HIV medical care, the EIP also provides linkage services to facilitate initiation of HIV medical treatment. Please call for more information on linkage services.


Living well with HIV/AIDS is entirely possible with proper care and treatment. Many local resources are available to help get into stable housing, cover medical expenses, and get access to life saving treatment.

If you are HIV+, living in the Greater Cincinnati area and could use help, please click here to find the resource that is best for you.

If you are HIV+ and just need to find a local doctor that specializes in treating people living with HIV, please click here to find a list of doctors.

If you have questions and would like to communicate with someone first, please call Todd Rademaker at Hamilton County Public Health at (513) 946-7611 or you can email him at


Hamilton County Public Health has been helping to serve, educate, and protect the residents since 1919.

To find a list of local doctors who prescribe PrEP, click here.