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.
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.