Friday, June 9, 2023

Get Tested Tomorrow and PrEP to Stay Healthy!

National HIV Testing Day is June 26!

When the first test for HIV became available in 1985, it was known how HIV was spread, but not how to treat it.  Thirty years later, there are now three dozen medications to treat HIV.  People at high risk for HIV infection can take 1 pill a day to prevent getting HIV.  It is called pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP.  Daily PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by more than 90%.  For people who inject drugs, it reduces the risk by more than 70%. Learn more about PrEP effectiveness at Virginia > AIDS Let’s talk About PrEP.

Getting an HIV test has never been more important.  Most new HIV infections occur among persons who are unaware of their HIV status.  Early detection of HIV is crucial for HIV-positive persons to remain in good health.  For this reason, the CDC recommends that anyone between the ages of 13 and 64 be tested at least once in their lifetime.  CDC recommends those that may be at higher risk get tested more often.

Tomorrow, several Hampton Roads area non-profits are sponsoring testing events and other activities, offering both free and low-cost options with some results ready in as little as one minute.  For example, the LGBT Life Center (formerly known as ACCESS AIDS Care/LGBT Center of Hampton Roads) is hosting a free Summer Block party and cookout at it’s Prevention/Testing offices located at 1001 Monticello Ave. in Norfolk from 5-8 p.m.  This is one of many activities planned to recognize National HIV Testing Day on June 27th, take some time out of your day to get your test for HIV at one of Hampton Road’s AIDS/HIV service agencies listed below.

Hampton Roads Area Agencies Offering Free or Low-Cost HIV Testing and Counseling

A Hope 4 Tomorrow Incorporated – 9229 Granby St, Norfolk, VA  23503, Ph: 757-828-8848

Urban League of Hampton Roads – 830 Goff St., Norfolk, VA 23504, Ph: 757-226-7589

LGBT Life Center – 248 W 24th St., Norfolk, VA 23517, Ph: 757-640-0929

International Black Womens Congress Incorporated – 645 Church St., Ste. 200, Norfolk, VA 23510  Ph: 757-625-0007

Norfolk Department of Health – 830 Southampton Ave., Norfolk, VA 23510  Ph: 757-683-2767

Virginia Beach Department of Public Health – 4452 Corporation Ln., Virginia Beach, VA 23462, Ph: 757-518-2745

Virginia League for Planned Parenthood – 515 Newtown Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23462  Ph: 757-499-7526/800-230-7526

Portsmouth Health Department – 1701 High St., Ste 102, Portsmouth, VA 23704  Ph: 757-393-8585

Urban League of Hampton Roads Incorporated – 1300 Thomas St., Ste. E, Hampton, VA  23669  Ph: 757-224-8085

Chesapeake Health Department – 748 N. Battlefield Blvd., Chesapeake, VA 23320  Ph: 757-382-8617

Hampton Health Department – 3130 Victoria Blvd., Hampton, VA 23661  Ph: 757-727-1172

Minority AIDS Support Services – 3110 Chestnut Ave., Newport News, Virginia 23607  Ph: 757-247-1879

Southeastern Virginia Health System – 1033 28th St., 2nd Fl, Newport News, VA  23607  Ph: 757-952-2160

Virginia League for Planned Parenthood – 403 Yale Dr., Hampton, Virginia 23666  Ph: 757-826-2079/800-230-7526

Peninsula Health District – 416 J Clyde Morris Blvd.  Newport News, VA 23601  Ph: 757-594-7400

Walgreens Offering INSTI HIV Antibody Testing

Six area Walgreens stores are offering INSTI, an HIV antibody test that gives results in 60 seconds. Testing is available on a walk-in basis during the hours when a specially qualified pharmacist is on-duty; therefore, testing hours may vary, and it is recommended that you call the pharmacy before traveling to the store.

Tidewater Area Walgreen’s Stores Offering INSTI 

  • 500 Settlers Landing Rd., Hampton, VA 23669-4031(757) 723-7614
  • 14400 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23608(757) 874-5084
  • 2232 E. Little Creek Rd., Norfolk, VA 23518(757) 480-4116
  • 3633 Bridge Rd., Suffolk, VA 23435-1807(757) 686-4793
  • 3364 Princess Anne Rd., #501, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-2610(757) 468-5879
  • 1309 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg, VA 23185(757) 229-0962

For additional information about how to stay healthy with PrEP or HIV Testing Day, please the Virginia Department of Health’s website.

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