Today Walgreens launches a two year partnership
with the CDC during which the pharmacy giant will offer free onsite
confidential HIV testing at two dozen (mostly) urban locations.
goal of having the project at a pharmacy or at a retail clinic is
really because of the ease of accessibility and the closeness to
people’s homes,” Paul Weidle with the CDC explained. The partnership
also hopes to help eliminate the stigma. Sarah Freedman, the pharmacy
manager at the Walgreens in Foggy Bottom, said, “When you come into a
pharmacy to get the test, other people don’t know if your getting your
blood pressure checked, are you picking up medicine. Where as with an
HIV bus, everyone knows exactly what you’re doing there.” Despite
testing advancements, more than 200,000 people nationwide don’t know
they’re living with HIV. Freedman added, “We need to find these people
and get them into treatment as quickly as possible and this is a great
way to do it.” The test uses an oral swab, dipped in solution. Patients
can get results in less than 20 minutes.
Enter your zip code on this CDC site to find the closest HIV testing location near you.