June 22, 2023

Human Services Offering Free HIV Testing for National HIV Testing Day

The Department of Human Services (DHS) will offer free HIV testing from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27, at the DHS Administration Building, 3432 Virginia Beach Blvd., in recognition of National HIV Testing Day.

Testing will be available to individuals ages 13-64 years old. The free rapid tests will be administered in a private screening area, and the results will be known in about one minute. No appointment is necessary to be tested.

"I encourage anyone who is unsure of their status to consider taking advantage of this testing opportunity. This is a fast, free, and confidential test that helps individuals take control of their own health and make informed decisions about how to move forward," said DHS Director Aileen L. Smith. "If someone receives a positive result, Human Services can immediately link that individual with appropriate treatment and community support resources."

National HIV Testing Day, first observed in 1995, was established to encourage people to get tested for HIV, know their status, and seek care and treatment services. DHS has participated in National HIV Testing Day since 1999 to further that cause. The theme for 2023 is "Take the Test & Take the Next Step," emphasizing that knowledge of HIV status helps people choose options to stay healthy.

Free HIV testing is provided at any time outside of National HIV Testing Day through DHS Wellness and Prevention Services. Screenings are available by appointment between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 258 N. Witchduck Road, Suite 2D. To schedule an appointment, contact Robert Hewitt at 757-385-0811.

Funding for this event is provided by the Virginia Department of Health.

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