Free HIV/STD Testing

Here is a list of the upcoming community testing locations and events that Health and Human Services will be offering FREE HIV/STD testing, as well as other sexual health supplies:

September 2022:

  • September 17th – Community Wellness Event – 10am to 1pm
    • Join us at 2709 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 for STD/HIV testing as well as education and giveaways!
  • September 24th – Wilmington Health and Fitness Expo – 10am to 1pm
    • Join us at Robert Strange Park (401 S 8th St, Wilmington, NC 28401) at the Health and Fitness Expo to receive free STD testing as well as education and giveaways!

If you are an agency or organization looking to have HIV/STD testing or sexual health supplies available, please click below to learn more.

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system and kills the body’s white-blood cells. There is currently no effective cure, once people get HIV they have it for life. However, with proper medical care and medication, HIV can be controlled. People living with HIV who get effective HIV treatment can live long, healthy lives and protect their partners.

HIV is transmitted typically in five ways:

  1. Blood
  2. Seminal fluids
  3. Rectal fluids
  4. Vaginal fluids
  5. Breast milk

HIV is considered to be one of many different types of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). These diseases are spread through different types of sexual intercourse and if left untreated, can have serious health consequences. Some of the most common STDs and related-illnesses are: bacterial vaginosis, chlamydia, gonorrhea, genital herpes, genital HPV, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), trichomoniasis, syphilis, and HIV.

For more information on the signs, symptoms, and treatment of STDs, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/std/default.htm

In partnership with NC Department of Health and Human Services, the ITTS program offers free HIV/STD testing to key priority groups in the community in targeted settings. By bringing testing into the community, these services can reach groups in which HIV and other STDs have been underdiagnosed. Infections are underdiagnosed when people do not realize they are at risk for certain infections and diseases.

Quick HIV Facts, according to the CDC:

  • In 2020, 30,635 people received an HIV diagnosis in the United States and dependent areas.
  • An estimated 1,189,700 people in the United States had HIV at the end of 2019. Of those people, about 87% knew they had HIV.
  • In 2020, male-to-male sexual contact accounted for 68% of all new HIV diagnoses in the United States and dependent areas.
  • In 2020, Black/African American people accounted for 42% (12,827) of all new HIV diagnoses.

If you are interested in partnering with us for a testing event, educational outreach, or need supplies, please call our Health Educator at 910-798-6543 or by email at mmcvey@nhcgov.com. Below you will find the Condom Distribution Request Form if you are interested in becoming a permanent condom distribution site with our program.

Our ITTS staff are trained in counseling, testing, and referral (CTR) services to help in many areas, such as providing PrEP referrals, giving positive diagnoses and post-test counseling, providing condoms and sexual health education and prevention methods, and much more!

Health: 1650 Greenfield Street • Wilmington, NC 28401 • Phone 910-798-3500 • Fax 910-798-7834 • Human Services Fax 910-798-7824
Environmental Health: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 140 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-6667 • Fax 910-798-7815
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