The CDC recommends testing for HIV as a routine part of medical care for all persons ages 13-64 (HIV testing should be routine for people over aged 64 as well if you are sexually active or if you share needles to inject drugs). If you engage in higher risk behaviors (unprotected sex or share needles to inject drugs) it is best to be tested every three to six months. The sooner that a person finds out that they are HIV positive, the less likely they are to pass along the infection to others. In fact, 21% of all people living with HIV in the US are unaware of their infection. In addition, that 21% of the population is estimated to be responsible for transmitting over 50% of all new cases of HIV. If you do test positive for HIV there are resources available to help you get on medications and keep you healthy. Testing positive for HIV is no longer a death sentence, but it will require you to take care of yourself and to strictly follow the directions of your medical provider.
HIV Counseling & Testing by The Consortium
HIV Testing is provided by The Consortium at three Walgreens locations in Wilmington. This FREE counseling and testing is available as follows:
2121 Kirkwood Hwy. – Tuesdays, 12:30 – 4:30 pm
839 N. Market Street – Wednesdays, 12:30 – 4:30 pm
1201 N. Market Street – Thursdays, 12:30 – 4:30 pm
Testing is also available BY APPOINTMENT at Consortium offices, 100 W. 10th Street, Suite 415, Wilmington, by calling 302-654-5471.
What is Opt-Out HIV Testing?
On June 27, 2012 Governor Jack Markell signed Senate Bill 162 in to law, providing for routine HIV opt-out testing. SB 162 implements the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendation that HIV testing should be part of the standard battery of medical tests and removes the need for written consent for an HIV test. The bill preserves the opportunity for patients to decline the testing as with most other medical tests. For more information about the bill please visit the following links: Delaware Health & Social Services and News.Delaware.Gov
Visit www.HIVtest.org to find locations near you that provide HIV testing.
HIV Testing Locations in Delaware
The following agencies offer HIV testing. In most cases, HIV testing is free. However, you should check with the agency first to be sure and to find out their hours for testing. You can also call the Delaware AIDS Hotline at 800-422-0429 to find the site closest to you.
|Adams State Service Center (Georgetown)||Georgetown||302-856-5225|
|Porter State Service Center||Wilmington||302-577-3521|
|Shipley State Service Center||Seaford||302-628-2006|
|Milford State Service Center||Milford||302-424-7130|
|Williams State Service Center||Dover||302-857-5150|
|Pyle State Service Center||Frankford||302-628-2000|
|VA Medical Center (For Veterans only)||Wilmington||302-944-2511 or 800-461-8262|
|Beautiful Gate Outreach Center||Wilmington||302-472-3002|
|CAMP Safe (CAMP Rehoboth)||Rehoboth||302-227-5620|
|Christiana Care – HIV Community Program||Wilmington||302-255-1300|
|Christiana Care – HIV Community Program (Sussex)||Georgetown||302-856-5135|
|Christiana Care – Women’s Health (HIV Screening)||Newark||302-733-6510|
|Christiana Care – Women’s Health (HIV Screening)||Wilmington||302-428-4414|
|Christiana Care – Women’s Health (HIV Screening)||Middletown||302-733-6510|
|Delaware HIV Consortium (by appt.)||Wilmington||302-654-5471|
|Henrietta Johnson Medical Center||Wilmington||302-655-6187|
|Kent Sussex Community Services||Dover||302-735-7790|
|La Red Health Center||Georgetown||302-855-1233|
|La Red Health Center||Seaford||302-628-7752|
|Latin American Community Center (Spanish-speaking)||Wilmington||302-655-7338|
|Planned Parenthood (sliding scale fee)||Wilmington||302-655-7296|
|Planned Parenthood (sliding scale fee)||Dover||302-678-5200|
|Planned Parenthood (sliding scale fee)||Newark||302-731-7801|
For more information about these locations, general testing procedures, or to access other testing sites across the country, click here.
State HIV/AIDS Hotlines:
The Body: United States AIDS Hotlines
Health Resources and Services Administration: State Hotlines