Upcoming HIV & STD Awareness Days:
Testing for HIV is available at confidential test sites 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 delays the onset of AIDS. Effective July 1, 2008, the client must be informed that the test is planned, provided information about the test, and advised of their right to decline testing before testing is performed. In addition, counseling must be provided about the meaning of the HIV test result, prevention of HIV infection, risk for infection and partner referrals.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or “PrEP” refers to an HIV prevention method where a person can take certain HIV medications prescribed by their doctor 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 share needles or works, and those with multiple unknown sex partners. This brochure tells you how to talk to your doctor to see if PrEP is a good HIV prevention option for you.
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.
In confidential testing situations, the client provides his or her name, but the results of the test are confidential. Although Virginia state law requires the names of people who test positive for HIV antibodies be reported to the health department, this information is for disease control purposes only.
Confidential testing is done at local health departments and clinics throughout the state. There are over 100 confidential test sites in Virginia. For phone numbers, hours of operation and locations of confidential testing sites, go to the list of local health department web pages.
Effective June 11, 2014, 13 Walgreens stores across Virginia began 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.
Below is a list of Walgreens stores that provide HIV testing under this new program:
D.C. Metropolitan Area
6717 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria, VA 22306
1860 Town Center Dr., # G-200, Reston, VA 20190
10671 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 20109
8697 Sudley Rd., Manassas, VA 20110
5650 Plank Rd., Fredericksburg, VA, 22407
Richmond Metropolitan Area
4845 S. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, VA 23231
3901 Oaklawn Blvd., Hopewell, VA 23860
3590 Virginia Ave., Collinsville, VA 24078
1500 Piney Forest Rd., Danville, VA 24540
103 Commonwealth Blvd., Martinsville, VA 24112
3220 Halifax Rd., South Boston, VA 24592
2232 E. Little Creek Rd., Norfolk, VA 23518
1309 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185
For more information about the Walgreens testing initiative, contact Bryan Collins or Heather Bronson:
Community HIV Testing Coordinator