HIV Testing

 

HIV tests show whether an individual has HIV and are a normal part of health care. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of regular health care and most health insurers cover the full cost at least once.

All pregnant women should get tested for HIV so that they can begin taking HIV medicines if they are HIV positive. Individuals with specific risk factors, are recommended to get tested quarterly or at least yearly.

Risk Factors that increase the risk of getting HIV include:

  • Having vaginal or anal sex with someone who is HIV positive or whose HIV status you don't know;
  • Having sex with multiple partners;
  • Injecting drugs and sharing needles, syringes, or other drug equipment with others;
  • Exchanging sex for money, drugs or housing;
  • Having a sexually transmitted infection, hepatitis, or tuberculosis;
  • Having sex with anyone who has any of these risk factors.

Know Your Status

In the United States 15% of people living with HIV do not know they have it. And nearly 40% of new HIV infections are transmitted by people who do know they have the virus. Getting tested for HIV is the only way to know if you have it.

People living with HIV who know their status can get HIV treatment (antiretroviral therapy, or ART) and remain healthy for many years. Seeing your doctor regularly, getting lab tests and taking your HIV medication as prescribed allows your viral load to become undetectable so the virus cannot be transmitted through sex.

Studies show that the sooner people start treatment, the more they benefit from ART. Use the anonymous HIV Risk Reduction Tool to learn more about your risks for getting or transmitting HIV and answers to other common HIV-related questions.

Confidentiality

Confidential testing means that your HIV test results will include your name and other identifying information, and the results will be included in your medical record. HIV-positive test results will be reported to local or state health departments to be counted in statistical reports. Health departments remove all personal information (including names and addresses) from HIV test results before sharing the information.

Where to Get Tested

Most health care providers and clinics provide HIV testing and counseling. Many organizations throughout the state offer HIV testing and counseling for free, or at a reduced cost for people who can't afford it, do not have health insurance, or don't have a health care provider.

The Office of Infectious Disease provides rapid HIV, laboratory-based testing, and HIV Self-Testing kits and training to the community testing programs listed below to increase access to HIV testing. The program information may be slightly different than listed so please reach out to the individual program for more information. Depending on the type of HIV test and the test results, individuals may need a follow up tests provided by a health care provider.

If you have questions or feedback about the list, contact us.

 
Benton/Franklin County

Benton-Franklin Health District

Services:

  • HIV testing
  • Syphilis testing
  • Hepatitis C testing

When and Where:

Walk-ins only, come to front desk and ask for testing.

7102 W Okanogan Pl
Kennewick, WA 99336

Phone: 509-460-4261

Clark County

Cascade AIDS Project (CAP of SW Washington)

Services:

  • HIV testing
    • Self-Tests (based on eligibility and availability)
  • Syphilis testing
  • Gonorrhea testing
  • Chlamydia testing

When and Where:

Tuesday 11am–4pm & Thursday 2pm–7pm
Walk-ins only, first come first serve
More options may be available. Check the testing calendar for up-to-date testing schedules

PeaceHealth Memorial Building, second floor
100 E 33rd St., Suite 201A
Vancouver, WA 98663

Phone: 360-986-3530

Clark County Public Health Department

Services:

  • HIV testing
  • Hepatitis C testing

When and Where:

Monday 3pm–6pm
Wednesday 3pm–6pm
Friday 2pm–5pm
Available by walk-in

3701 E. Fourth Plain Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98661

Phone: 564-397-8082

King County

Center for Multicultural Health (CMCH)

Services:

  • HIV testing
    • Self-Tests (based on eligibility and availability)
  • Syphilis testing
  • Gonorrhea testing
  • Chlamydia testing

When and Where:

Monday–Friday 10am–4pm
By Walk-in or appointment (appointment preferred)

1120 E. Terrace St Suite 200
Seattle, WA 98122

Phone: 206-461-6910 Ext 212

Entre Hermanos

Services:

  • HIV testing
    • Self-Tests (based on eligibility and availability)

When and Where:

Monday–Friday 10am–5:30pm

1621 S. Jackson St Suite 202
Seattle, WA 98144

Phone: 206-274-9956

Gay City

Services:

  • HIV testing
    • Self-Tests (based on eligibility and availability)
  • Syphilis testing
  • Gonorrhea testing
  • Chlamydia testing

When and Where:

Call for information: 206-860-6969

Public Health Primary Care at Navos - Burien

Services:

  • HIV testing
  • Syphilis testing
  • Gonorrhea testing
  • Chlamydia testing

When and Where:

Monday through Friday 8:30 am–5:00 pm
By appointment only

1210 SW 136th St.
Burien, WA 98166

Phone: 206-257-6870

Lifelong AIDS Alliance–Seattle

Services:

  • HIV testing
    • Self-Tests (based on eligibility and availability)

When and Where:

Monday–Friday 9am–4pm

1016 E Pike St, 3rd Floor
Seattle, WA 98122

Tuesday 4pm – 8pm

Lifelong Thrift Store
312 Broadway Ave E
Seattle, WA 98102

Phone: 206-465-7454

Neighborhood House

Services:

  • HIV testing (Must be 18 years old

When and Where:

Monday–Friday 10am–3pm

1210 SW 136th St
Burien, WA 98144
(Ask for Project HANDLE at the front desk)

Phone: 206-513-9418

Public Health Sexual Clinic at Harborview

Services:

  • HIV testing
  • Syphilis testing
  • Gonorrhea testing
  • Chlamydia testing

When and Where:

Monday 7:30am–6pm
Tuesday 9:30am–6pm
Wednesday 7:30am–7:30pm
Thursday 7:30am–6pm
Friday 7:30am–6pm
Walk-in

Ninth and Jefferson Building
908 Jefferson St, 11th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104

Phone: 206-744-3590

Kitsap County

Kitsap County Health District

Services:

  • HIV testing
  • Hepatitis C testing

When and Where:

Tuesday and Wednesday 12pm–4pm
Walk-in

Wednesday 8:30am–12pm
By appointment only

345 6th St Suite 300
Bremerton, WA 98377

Phone: 360-728-2286

Okanogan County

Okanogan County Public Health Department

Services:

  • HIV testing

When and Where:

Tuesday–Friday 7:30am–4pm
By appointment only

1234 S 2nd Ave
Okanogan, WA 98840

Phone: 509-422-7458 or 509-422-7140

Pierce County

Pierce County AIDS Foundation (PCAF)

Services:

  • HIV testing
    • Self-Tests (based on eligibility and availability)

When and Where:

Testing Events at Walgreens Pharmacies:
Tacoma Walgreens – Walk in Quarterly Testing
Call Prevention Team for more information
2064 6th Ave
Olympia, WA 98403

Tacoma Rainbow Center – Walk-in every Thursday 6pm–8pm
2215 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402

Tacoma Down Public Library – Walk-in every 2nd Tue of the month 1:30pm–4pm
1102 Tacoma Ave S
Tacoma, WA 98402

Phone: 253-383-2565

Tacoma-Pierce County Health District

Services:

  • HIV testing
  • Syphilis testing
  • Gonorrhea testing
  • Chlamydia testing

When and Where:

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9am–1pm, Tuesday 8am–12pm, Thursday 11am–7:30pm
Walk-in

3629 South D Street
Tacoma WA 98418

Phone: 253-649-1418

Snohomish County

Lifelong AIDS Alliance–Snohomish

Services:

  • HIV testing

When and Where:

Thursday 8:30am–5pm (4:30pm last test)

3305 Oakes Avenue
Everett WA 98201

Phone: 425-219-4814

Snohomish Health District

Services:

  • HIV testing
  • Syphilis testing
  • Gonorrhea testing
  • Chlamydia testing

When and Where:

Monday–Friday 9am–4pm
By appointment

3020 Rucker Ave
Everett WA
Upon arrival for your appointment, use phone in Suite 208 to call and let them know you are on site.

Phone: 425-339-5261

Spokane County

Spokane Regional Health District

Services:

  • HIV testing
    • Self-Tests (based on eligibility and availability)
  • Rapid Tests
  • Venipuncture (blood draw) HIV Testing
  • Gonorrhea testing
  • Chlamydia testing
  • Hepatitis C testing

When and Where:

Monday–Friday 8:00am–4:30pm
By appointment or walk-in

1101 West College Avenue #403
Spokane, WA 99201-2095

Phone: 509-324-1494

Thurston County

Pierce County AIDS Foundation (PCAF)–Olympia Walgreens Walk-in Testing

Services:

  • HIV testing
    • Self-Tests (based on eligibility and availability)

When and Where:

Olympia Walgreens–Walk in every Tuesday 3pm–7pm

1510 Cooper Point Rd SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Phone: 253-722-0706

Thurston County Health Department

Services:

  • HIV testing
  • Hepatitis C testing

When and Where:

Tuesday and Thursday 12pm–4pm
Walk-in

Thurston County Syringe Exchange Program
(Entrance on the backside of the building)
1000 Cherry St SE
Olympia, WA 98501

Phone: 360-867-2510 or 360-867-2525

Walla Walla County

Blue Mountain Heart to Heart

Services:

  • HIV testing
  • Hepatitis C testing

When and Where:

Monday–Thursday 8:30am–5pm, closed from 12–1 for lunch
By Appointment or Walk-in based on availability of testing staff

1520 Kelly Place Suite 120
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Phone: 509-529-4744

Walla Walla Health Department

Services:

  • HIV testing

When and Where:

Monday–Friday 8:00am–5pm, closed from 12–1 for lunch
By Appointment or Walk in

314 W Main Street
Walla Walla, WA 99362

Phone: 509-524-2661

Whatcom County

Lifelong AIDS Alliance–Whatcom County

Services:

  • HIV testing

When and Where:

Monday–Thursday 9am–4pm
By Appointment only

115 Unity St, Suite 302
Bellingham, WA 98225

Phone: 360-932-3420

Whatcom County Health Department–Adult Health Clinic

Services:

  • HIV testing
  • Syphilis testing
  • Hepatitis C testing

When and Where:

Clinic hours vary
Call for times and locations of mobile clinics in Maple Falls and Birch Bay.

1500 N State St.
Bellingham, WA

Phone: 360-778-6100

Yakima County

Yakima Health District

Services:

  • HIV testing
  • Syphilis testing
  • Gonorrhea testing
  • Chlamydia testing

When and Where:

Wednesday 8:30am–4pm
By appointment or walk-in

1210 Ahtanum Ridge Dr.
Union Gap, WA 98903

Phone: 509-249-6518