HIV COUNSELING AND TESTING
- Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation in our community, we
have made changes to our Rosecrans STD clinic. Currently, all County
of San Diego STD clinics remain open. However, until further notice,
at our Rosecrans location:
- We are providing services by appointment only.
- Effective, Monday, May 4th, we have resumed routine “test-only” visits (i.e., visits for clients without symptoms or known exposure to an STD who are seeking routine testing).
- All clients will be screened
for symptoms of and risk factors for COVID-19 when calling the
appointment line and upon arrival to the clinic. If you have
cough, shortness of breath, or fever, please call your primary
care provider, 2-1-1 San Diego, or, if you are experiencing a
medical emergency, 9-1-1.
- For COVID-19 testing information, please visit www.coronavirus-sd.com or call 2-1-1.
- Please call the main clinic phone line (619-692-8550) with any questions.
- Until further notice, the STD clinic hours of operation at
the regional public health centers are as follows:
- Tuesdays: 10:00am-4:00pm
- Fridays: 10:00am-4:00pm (unchanged)
North Coastal Region:
- Wednesdays: 10:30am-5:30pm by appointment only. Please call (760) 967-4401 for an appointment.
The North Coastal STD clinic is now temporarily in a new
3609 Ocean Ranch Blvd, Suite 104, Oceanside, 92056. Clinic hours remain the same.
- Thursdays: 12:00-5:00pm
- Central Region:
- Please check this website regularly for updates, as this is a rapidly evolving situation, and things may change without notice.
All County of San Diego STD Clinics offer conventional blood testing
for HIV. In addition, the Rosecrans clinic offers rapid HIV testing
(CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE). 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
To protect your health information, we require a photo ID when
checking in at all clinics.
The STD clinic fee is $40 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. The Rosecrans clinic accepts cash, check and credit/debit card payments. At all other locations, only cash and checks are accepted. 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
Phone number: (619) 692-8300
- Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 7:00am - 9:30am
- Wednesday: 10:00am - 12:30pm
- Thursday: 9:30am – 11:00am
The Central 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.
PLEASE NOTE: Clinics stop accepting patients when capacity is
met. Please arrive well before closing time to ensure you will be
Health Services Complex (Rosecrans) - Blood and rapid
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
Region Public Health Center - Blood testing
5202 University Ave., San Diego, CA 92105
Tuesday: 1 pm - 7 pm
Friday: 10 am - 4 pm
Region Public Health Center - Blood testing
690 Oxford St. Chula Vista, CA 91911
Thursdays: 12 pm–6 pm
Coastal Public Health Center - Blood testing
New temporary location: 3609 Ocean Ranch Blvd, Suite 104, Oceanside, 92056
Wednesdays: 12:30 pm–7:30 pm
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 FOLLOWING DAYS IN 2021:
January 1 - New Year's Day
- January 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 15 - Washington's Birthday
- March 31 - Cesar Chavez Day
- May 31 - Memorial Day
July 5 - Independence Day
- September 6 - Labor Day
- November 11 - Veterans' Day
- November 25-26 - Thanksgiving
- December 24 - Christmas Day
- December 31 - New Year's Day
Some of your test results may be available on the day of your visit.
Results from rapid HIV tests are typically available in 20 minutes.
However, most test results are available one week after your visit. If
any of your tests are outside of the normal range, our staff will
reach out to you to notify you of the results. If all your results are
negative, we will not call you. However, you may return to the clinic
where you were seen to get your results in person or call the clinic
at one of the following phone numbers:
County Health Services Complex (Rosecrans): Please call
North Coastal Public Health Center: Please call (760) 967-4401 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday from 8 am–5 pm.
Central Region Public Health Center: Please call (619) 229-5405 on Fridays from 8 am – 9 am.
South Region Public Health Center: Please call (619) 409-3110 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday from 8 am–5 pm or Thursday from 12 pm –6 pm.
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.
The County of San Diego HIV, STD, and Hepatitis Branch (HSHB) operates a clinical consultation service for providers to discuss cases with an STD expert. Please call or text (619) 609-3245, between 8:00am and 5:00pm PST, Monday through Friday (excluding County holidays). Please make sure to leave your name, organization and complete phone number, including area code. To expedite the callback, direct line numbers are preferred over main clinic or hospital numbers. Please do not include any patient-identifying information in any text messages or voicemails sent to this phone.
PLEASE NOTE: Effective November 8, 2019, HSHB has implemented the new phone line above for providers seeking expert STD clinical consultation. This phone line replaces the STD clinical consultation pager (877) 217-1816. We will continue to operate the consultation pager during the transition, but the pager will be completely phased out by December 31, 2019.
For more information, please call (619) 293-4700 or send us an email.
Last updated March 9, 2020.