Virginia Beach DHS to host HIV testing event

Virginia Beach

FILE – In this Tuesday, March 9, 2021 file photo, Solutions Oriented Addiction Response organizer Brooke Parker holds an HIV testing kit in Charleston, W.Va. The nonprofit group operates health fairs for residents, including syringe exchanges and HIV testing. Some researchers believe COVID-19 has derailed the fight against HIV, siphoning away health workers and other resources and setting back a U.S. campaign to decimate the AIDS epidemic by 2030. (AP Photo/John Raby)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Officials in Virginia Beach announced on Wednesday that the Department of Human Services (DHS) will host a free HIV testing event in recognition of National HIV Testing Day.

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 29 at the DHS Administration Building in Virginia Beach. Testing will be available to people of all ages and provided in a private screening area. Results will be available within minutes.

Anyone interested in attending is encouraged to make an appointment by calling Robert Hewitt at 757-385-0811, however, walk-ins will be accepted.

For those unable to attend the event, DHS Wellness and Prevention Services offers testing year-round by appointment at 258 N. Witchduck Road, Suite 2D. Appointments are available between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday by calling Robert Hewitt at 757-385-0811.

DHS has participated in National HIV Testing Day since 1999.

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