HIV COUNSELING AND TESTING
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.
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
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
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
Thursdays: 12 pm–6 pm
North Coastal Public Health Center -
Blood testing only
104 South Barnes St., Oceanside, CA 92054
Wednesdays: 12:30 pm–7:30 pm
San Diego LGBT Community Center
3909 Centre Street, San Diego, CA 92103
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.
ALL CLINICS WILL BE CLOSED ON THE
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
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.
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.
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.