HIV Testing, Prevention and Treatment

Get Tested!

GHAP HIV antibody testing is:
  • Open to Everyone at Columbia – the service is available  at no cost to all students, their partners, staff, and faculty, regardless of gender or orientation.
  • Convenientdrop-in hours for HIV-antibody testing five days a week, next day results. No appointment necessary.
  • Client Centered – HIV-test peer counselors are sensitive to your situation,  whether it’s your first test or routine testing. They  will tailor the session to your needs.
  • Informational – GHAP Advocates welcome questions about HIV, STIs, vaccines, and safer sex.
  • Non-Judgmental – GHAP’s goals  are to support you through your testing experience and to provide you with accurate information.
  • Confidential – GHAP upholds strict levels of confidentiality and all counselors are HIPAA-certified.

Consult with an Advocate

Even if you are not sure that you want a test, you can come in and talk with a Peer Advocate. Trained GHAP Advocates will work with you to understand confusing and sometimes anxiety-provoking information about HIV and its transmission. We can help you assess and reduce your risk of HIV infection, and provide information about the transmission, treatment and prevention of other STIs as well.  GHAP Advocates are also trained to provide peer counseling about other topics.

Treatment and Support for HIV-positive students

GHAP works with other Columbia Health staff to offer the clinical care, support and information that HIV-positive students need to manage HIV infection effectively. All services are covered under the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan.
  • Individualized care from an HIV specialist
  • Regular monitoring of CD4 and viral load
  • Medications
  • Preventative treatments
  • Psychological support – individual and group
Note:  For HIV-positive students who plan to study at Columbia, the Columbia Student Medical Insurance Plan provides coverage sufficient for HIV medication prescriptions, although you should choose the Platinum plan. If you have other insurance, we will help you connect to services that cover the costs.  Contact us at with questions.

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP), Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), and Other Urgent Matters

For students with a known or likely exposure to HIV, GHAP can facilitate further testing, post-exposure prophylaxis, and professional support.

Note: Post-exposure prophylaxis is treatment with anti-retroviral medication that can prevent an HIV-infection from taking hold. It must be initiated within 72 hours after exposure – the sooner, the better.
Students interested in HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) should contact GHAP at or 212-854-6655. 


Last updated July 24, 2017