HIV COUNSELING AND TESTING
HIV testing is offered at all County of San Diego STD Clinics. All clinics offer conventional blood testing while the Rosecrans and Central Region clinics also offer rapid HIV testing. Your testing counselor will explain the different tests to you during your visit and you will both decide which is best for you. 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).
NEW! You can now call the Rosecrans clinic during the morning to make an appointment for later that same day.
If you only need an HIV test (including court-ordered testing) or would like to receive results from a previous visit, you do not need an appointment. You may come into the clinic during regular business hours and be seen on a first come, first served basis.
A limited number of walk-in visits will be available each morning, until the clinic reaches capacity.
The appointment line is open:
- Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 7:00am - 9:30am
- Wednesday: 10:00am - 12:30pm
- Thursday: 9:30am – 11:00am
To make a same-day appointment, please call:
There is a $15 fee per visit for comprehensive STD and HIV testing, which may be waived if you are unable to pay. The fee covers a physical exam and, if necessary, laboratory tests, certain 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.
HIV testing is also offered at the San Diego LGBT Community Center throughout the week.
On Mondays and Wednesdays, County of San Diego staff perform both confidential and anonymous (i.e., you do not use your name, but are given a number) rapid testing.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, UC San Diego offers the confidential Early Test in addition to the confidential or anonymous rapid test (walk-ins are welcome or appointments can be made at (619) 296-2120).
Please see below for locations and times of HIV testing.
The County of San Diego operates a mobile HIV testing unit which visits various locations throughout the county. Confidential HIV rapid testing is available to the public via this mobile unit. For dates, times and locations of the mobile unit please call (619) 296-2120.
PLEASE NOTE: 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. Please 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 to the clinic, you may choose to wait 15 - 20 minutes before taking the oral HIV test. As an alternative, you may have a rapid HIV test performed using finger stick blood, which can be conducted regardless of food, drink, or oral hygiene products.
TESTING LOCATIONS, PHONE NUMBERS 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
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 and rapid testing available
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)
The County of San Diego operates a mobile HIV testing unit which visits various locations throughout the county. Confidential HIV rapid testing is available to the public via the mobile unit. For dates, times and locations of the mobile unit please call (619) 296-2120.
NOTICE OF 2015 CLINIC CLOSURES AND HOLIDAY HOURS
- August 6, 2015 - The Rosecrans clinic will open late at 12:30pm.
- September 7, 2015 - All clinics will be closed in observance of the Labor Day Holiday.
- November 11, 2015 - All clinics will be closed in observance of the Veterans' Day Holiday.
- November 26-27, 2015 - All clinics will be closed in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.
- December 25, 2015 - All clinics will be closed in observance of the Christmas Holiday.
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 in person.
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 ONLY
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.
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