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One of out every 11 County residents living with HIV is unaware of their status. Everyone should be tested for HIV at least once in their lifetime, and more frequently if they have ongoing risk.

Risk factors include:

  • You are sexually active and identify as gay or bisexual, or are a man who has sex with other men
  • You have an HIV positive partner
  • You have anal sex without using condoms
  • You have multiple sexual or drug using partners whose HIV status is unknown
  • You recently had a sexually transmitted disease
  • You inject drugs and/or share needles with others
  • You recently attended a drug treatment program
  • You exchange sex for drugs, money, housing or other needs

While HIV testing is already free and widely available throughout San Diego County, Getting to Zero seeks to ensure HIV testing is offered during all routine doctor visits.

You can talk to any general health care provider about getting tested for HIV. If you don’t have a primary care physician, there are numerous community clinics and other health care providers that provide HIV testing in San Diego County.

The clinics listed below are free HIV walk-in testing sites.

 

County Health Services
Complex-STD Clinic

3851 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 596-2120

Confidential Testing Only

Monday, Tuesday, Friday
7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

San Diego LGBT
Community Center

3909 Centre Street
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 692-2077

Anonymous & Confidential HIV Testing

Monday, Wednesday
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Tuesday, Thursday*
9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Friday*
9 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

*UCSD AVRC offers the confidential Early Test (HIV testing one week after exposure) and the anonymous rapid test at the LGBT Center on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

 

Central Region
Public Health Center

5202 University St.
San Diego, CA 92105
(619) 229-5400

Confidential Testing Only

Tuesday
1 – 7 p.m.

Friday
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Family Health Centers of San Diego – HIV Prevention Center

4040 30th Street
San Diego, CA 92104
(619) 876-4462

Monday – Friday
8:00am – 4:30pm

South Region
Public Health Center

690 Oxford St.
Chula Vista, CA 91911
(619) 409-3110

Thursday
12-6 p.m.

North Coastal
Public Health Center

104 South Barnes St.
Oceanside, CA 92054*
(760) 967-4401

Wednesday
12:30-7:30 p.m.

*Starting February 22, the clinic will be temporarily located at 3609 Ocean Ranch Blvd, Suite 104, Oceanside, CA 92056

Clinic Closures

All clinics will be closed on the following days:

  • January 2
  • January 16
  • February 20
  • March 31
  • May 29
  • July 4
  • September 4
  • November 10
  • November 23
  • November 24
  • December 25

Testing types:

  • NATs look for the actual virus in the blood. This test is very expensive and is not routinely used for HIV screening unless the person recently had a high-risk exposure or a possible exposure with early symptoms of HIV infection.
  • Antigen/antibody tests look for both HIV antibodies and antigens. Antigens are foreign substances that cause your immune system to activate. If you’re infected with HIV, an antigen called p24 is produced even before antibodies develop. Tests that detect both antigen and antibodies are recommended for testing done in labs and are now common in the United States. There is also a rapid antigen/antibody test available.
  • Antibody tests detect the presence of antibodies, proteins that a person’s body makes against HIV, not HIV itself. Most rapid tests and home tests are antibody tests.

An initial HIV test usually will either be an antigen/antibody test or an antibody test. If the initial HIV test is a rapid test and it is positive, the individual will be sent to a health care provider to get follow-up testing. If the initial HIV test is a laboratory test and it is positive, the laboratory will usually conduct follow-up testing on the same blood sample as the initial test. Although HIV tests are generally very accurate, follow-up testing allows the health care provider to be sure the diagnosis is right.

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