Upcoming HIV & STD Awareness Days:
Confidential testing for HIV is available at many 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 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.
Some healthcare providers can prescribe Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) 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. Click here for more information and resources for PrEP.
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, type your ZIP code in the site locator at the top of this page.
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.
Below is a list of Walgreens stores that provide HIV testing under this new program:
D.C. Metropolitan Area
42025 Village Center Plaza, Aldie, VA 20105
6717 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria, VA 22306
7629 Richmond Hwy., Alexandria, VA 22306
10320 Main St., Fairfax, VA 22030
5650 Plank Rd., Fredericksburg, VA, 22407
10671 Sudley Manor Dr., Manassas, VA 20109
8697 Sudley Rd., Manassas, VA 20110
1860 Town Center Dr., # G-200, Reston, VA 20190
8414 Old Keene Mill Rd., Unit A, Springfield, VA 22152
14095 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Woodbridge, VA 22191
13926 Lee Hwy., Centreville, VA 20120-2415
3489 Seminole Trail, Charlottesville, VA 22911
15250 Montanus Dr., Culpeper, VA 22701-2514
412 E Main St., Louisa, VA 23093
645 E. Jubal Early Dr., Winchester, VA 22601-5179
Richmond Metropolitan Area
10230 Iron Bridge Rd., Chesterfield, VA 23832
3901 Oaklawn Blvd., Hopewell, VA 23860
26108 Cox Rd., Petersburg, VA 23803-6566
3520 Ellwood Ave., Richmond, VA 23221-2723
4845 S. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, VA 23231
3590 Virginia Ave., Collinsville, VA 24078
1500 Piney Forest Rd., Danville, VA 24540
5006 Boonsboro Rd., Lynchburg, VA 24503-1802
103 Commonwealth Blvd., Martinsville, VA 24112
2351 Franklin Rd., S.W., Roanoke, VA 24014-1111
3220 Halifax Rd., South Boston, VA 24592
500 Settlers Landing Rd., Hampton, VA 23669-4031
14400 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23608
2232 E. Little Creek Rd., Norfolk, VA 23518
3633 Bridge Rd., Suffolk, VA 23435-1807
3364 Princess Anne Rd., #501, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-2610
1309 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185
For more information about the Walgreens testing initiative, contact Fatima Elamin or Heather Bronson:
Community HIV Testing Coordinator