City of Virginia Beach Human Services Department Offering Free HIV Testing

June 27, 2018 is National HIV Testing Day

Thursday, May 31, 2018

On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, National HIV Testing Day, the City of Virginia Beach Human Services Department is collaborating with EVMS and the Virginia HIV/AIDS Resource and Consultant Center to offer free HIV testing. People may come to the Human Services Department, located at 3432 Virginia Beach Blvd., from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. to receive fast, free, confidential HIV testing. 

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1 in 7 people in the United States do not know they are HIV positive. HIV testing is a critical part of stopping the spread of the virus and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says testing should be a part of routine health care. A panel of doctors and scientists recently recommended that all Americans between age 15 and 65 get tested for HIV, regardless of their risk of infection. HIV testing would help increase detection and decrease the stigma associated with HIV and being tested, according to the panel. HIV testing during pregnancy also is important because antiviral therapy can improve the mother's health and greatly lower the chance that an HIV-infected pregnant woman will pass HIV to her infant before, during or after birth.

Testing for HIV requires a finger prick and takes about 15 minutes.  For more information, please call (757) 385-0803.

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