Walgreens expands free HIV testing in Virginia

July 28, 2015

In partnership with the Virginia Department of Health, Walgreens has increased its number of locations to 32 where free HIV testing is offered.

In partnership with the Virginia Department of Health, Walgreens has increased its number of locations to 32 where free HIV testing is offered.

Last year, Walgreens offered the free testing at 13 locations. Pharmacists at those locations administered the tests in private rooms and in mobile testing units. Walgreens pharmacists have conducted more than 1,200 HIV tests throughout Virginia in the past two years.

"Public health plays an important role in making sure that everyone has access to care, regardless of where they live,” said State Health Commissioner Marissa J. Levine, MD, MPH, FAAFP. “Because of this public-private collaboration, there are 19 more locations in this neighborhood program, allowing more Virginians to know their status and get any necessary follow-up.”

In addition to the testing, patients are provided counseling and support services. The tests are available without an appointment and results are available within minutes.

"Awareness days throughout the year are good reminders to be tested for HIV," Levine said. "But it's valuable to keep in mind that testing is available throughout the state every day of the year. The sooner you know your status, the sooner you can take control of your health.”

Click here to see a list of participating Walgreens locations.