HIV, STD and Hepatitis Branch

HIV COUNSELING AND TESTING

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

  • To protect your health information, as of Monday, April 25 we will require a photo ID when checking in at all clinics.
  • The Rosecrans STD clinic is in the process of implementing an Electronic Health Record system. This will temporarily reduce our capacity to see patients. We appreciate your patience!

GENERAL HIV TESTING INFORMATION

All County of San Diego STD Clinics offer conventional blood testing for HIV. In addition, the Rosecrans clinic offers rapid HIV testing. You and your counselor will decide which is best. All testing is confidential (i.e. your name is recorded but protected by law). Anonymous testing is available, and conducted by County of San Diego staff, at The San Diego LGBT Center (see below for location and times). All court-ordered testing must be done at the Rosecrans clinic.

FEE: $15 per visit for comprehensive STD and HIV testing, (may be waived if you are unable to pay). The fee covers a physical exam and, if necessary, laboratory tests, treatments, vaccinations and any follow-up visits within 30 days. Our clinics do not accept insurance. Payment is by cash or check only. There is no fee for HIV testing only.

MAKING AN APPOINTMENT: If you would like to make a same-day appointment at the  Rosecrans clinic, please call the appointment line at (619) 692-8300 (hours below).Walk-in capacity at the Rosecrans location is very limited, and we may not be able to see you if you do not have an appointment.

You do not need an appointment for HIV testing only (including court-ordered testing) or to receive results from a previous visit. You may come into the Rosecrans clinic and be seen on a first come, first served basis.

ROSECRANS APPOINTMENT LINE HOURS:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 7:00am - 9:30am
  • Wednesday: 10:00am - 12:30pm
  • Thursday: 9:30am – 11:00am

The Central, North Coastal and South clinics only accept patients on a first come, first served basis.

BEFORE YOUR HIV TEST:  if you would like to have an oral rapid HIV test,  please do not chew gum, eat or drink fluids (including water ) a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the test. Do not use any oral hygiene products (e.g., toothpaste, mouthwash, denture adhesive) for a minimum of 20 minutes prior to the test. If you have performed any of these activities immediately prior to arrival at the clinic, you may wait 15-20 minutes before taking the oral rapid test or you may have a rapid HIV test performed using finger stick blood.

TESTING LOCATIONS AND HOURS

PLEASE NOTE: Clinics stop accepting patients when capacity is met. Please arrive well before closing time to ensure you will be seen.

     County Health Services Complex  (Rosecrans) - Blood and rapid testing available
    3851 Rosecrans St., Suite S, San Diego, CA 92110
    (619) 692-8550  
        Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays: 7:30 am - 4 pm  
        Wednesdays: 11 am - 7 pm
        Thursday: 10 am - 4 pm
 
        Lunes, Martes y Viernes : 7:30 am - 4 pm 
    
     Miércoles: 11 am - 7 pm
  
      Jueves: 10 am - 4 pm

     Central Region Public Health Center - Blood testing only
    5202 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92105
    (619) 229-5400
        Tuesday: 1 pm - 7 pm 
        Friday: 10 am - 4 pm 

     South Region Public Health Center - Blood testing only
    690 Oxford St. Chula Vista, CA 91911
    (619) 409-3110
        Thursdays: 12 pm–6 pm

     North Coastal Public Health Center - Blood testing only
    104 South Barnes St., Oceanside, CA 92054
    (760) 967-4401
        Wednesdays: 12:30 pm–7:30 pm

     San Diego LGBT Community Center
    3909 Centre Street, San Diego, CA 92103
    (619) 692-2077
        Mondays and Wednesdays: 9 am - 2 pm (County of San Diego anonymous HIV testing)
    
    Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9 am - 3:15 pm (UC San Diego HIV Testing)
    
      Fridays: 9 am - 1:45 pm (UC San Diego HIV Testing)

TESTING IN THE COMMUNITY: The County of San Diego operates a mobile HIV testing unit which visits various locations throughout the county offering confidential HIV rapid testing. For dates, times and locations of the mobile unit, please call (619) 296-2120.

CLINIC CLOSURES

ALL CLINICS WILL BE CLOSED ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS:

2016:

  • January 1 - New Year Holiday
  • January 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 15 - Washington's Birthday 
  • March 31 - Cesar Chavez Day 
  • May 30 - Memorial Day 
  • July 4 - Independence Day 
  • September 5 - Labor Day 
  • November 11 - Veterans Day
  • November 24 and 25 - Thanksgiving
  • December 26 - Christmas

GETTING YOUR HIV TEST RESULTS

Results from rapid HIV tests are typically available in 20 minutes, during your visit. HIV blood test results are typically available in one week. By law, we cannot give HIV results over the phone. If you have a blood test you must return to the clinic to receive your results. 

CONFIDENTIALITY

By law, all information regarding demographics, clinical encounters with a medical provider, testing and treatment is confidential. This information is not shared with outside non-public health agencies without the written permission of the patient.

FOR CLINICIANS

Clinical consultations regarding HIV diagnosis, treatment and referrals are available by paging a County of San Diego STD clinician at (877) 217-1816 weekdays from 8 am - 5 pm, excluding holidays.

For more information, please call (619) 296-2120 or send us an email.

Last updated January 4, 2016.