HIV & STD Awareness Days:
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
Confidential testing for HIV is available at many locations throughout Virginia. The test detects the virus that can lead to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome or AIDS. Early detection of HIV and use of medical services can prevent or delay the onset of AIDS. Any time that you receive an HIV test, you must be informed that an HIV test is planned, provided information about the test, and advised of your right to decline testing prior to the test being performed. In addition, you must be provided counseling about the meaning of the HIV test result, prevention of HIV infection, risk for infection and partner referrals.
To find testing locations near you, enter your zip code into the testing locator at the top of this page.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) can be prescribed to people who are at high risk of becoming infected with HIV. People on PrEP take an HIV medication called Truvada every day in order to prevent becoming HIV positive. PrEP is a useful prevention method for couples where one person is HIV positive and the other is HIV negative. It is also useful for people who have unprotected sex with people of unknown HIV status, people who have sex in exchange for money, housing, or drugs, and people who share needles (works). Some people who cannot afford it receive PrEP for free. This brochure tells you how to talk to your doctor to see if PrEP is a good HIV prevention option for you. For more information and resources on PrEP, visit the VDH PrEP page.
Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) – Testing and Treatment
Confidential testing and counseling for the diagnosis and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases, including syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia is available at health departments throughout Virginia. Early detection, referral, and treatment of STDs reduce the complications of these diseases. Testing is free and clients are counseled on strategies to reduce the risk of infection or re-infection.
All HIV testing supported by the Virginia Department of Health is confidential. Confidential testing means that, while the client provides some identifying information (like name and date of birth), no information about the test can be shared with anyone but the client, except as required by law. The Code of Virginia requires that test sites submit contact information for people who are diagnosed with HIV for disease control purposes.
Confidential testing is done at local health departments, clinics, and nonprofit organizations throughout the state. There are over 100 confidential test sites in Virginia. For phone numbers, hours of operation and locations of confidential testing sites, enter your zip code in the testing locator at the top of this page.
Walgreens Testing Program
There are currently 32 Walgreens stores across Virginia offering free HIV testing. Pharmacists at these stores use INSTI, an HIV antibody test that gives results in 60 seconds. Testing is available on a walk-in basis during the hours when a specially qualified pharmacist is on-duty; therefore, testing hours may vary, and it is recommended that you call the pharmacy before traveling to the store.
Visit the Walgreens Test Site page to view all Walgreens locations in Virginia that provide HIV testing under this program.
For more information about the Walgreens or Community HIV Testing program, contact Heather Bronson at firstname.lastname@example.org.