Get tested from the comfort of your home. GetCheckedDC is Washington, DC’s home-based testing program that provides residents with free HIV testing.
Fill out the request form to receive a free, at-home HIV test kit.
Your privacy matters. Everything you tell us is confidential. We need your name and address so we can send you the kit. The package will be unmarked and discreetly labeled.
The at-home HIV test is safe and easy. DC uses the OraQuick rapid HIV test. You will swab the inside of your mouth and get the result in 20 minutes.
If you think you have been exposed to HIV without any form of protection, take a deep breath. PEP — or post-exposure prophylaxis — can lower your chances of getting HIV. PEP must be taken within 72 hours (three days) after you were exposed to HIV, but the sooner you start it, the better. If you feel as if you need PEP, call the DC Health and Wellness Center at (202) 741-7962. We’d be happy to discuss your needs with you and find the best solution.
For more information about HIV, PrEP, and PEP, please visit sexualbeing.org, which is for everyone, or sexisdc.org, which is especially for youths.
Our at-home test kits can be mailed to DC addresses. Do you live in Maryland or Virginia? Request a test here.
Want to test yourself again? You can request another test kit in three months, or email us at GetCheckedDC@dc.org.
If you would rather take your test at a clinic, contact your medical provider or call the DC Health and Wellness Center at (202) 741-7692. You can also find testing sites at linkudmv.org.
Follow the instructions provided in your test kit. If you have questions, we’re here to help! The DC Health and Wellness Center staff is available for video or phone appointments. Call (202) 741-7692 to set up a time to talk.
Also, OraSure — the manufacturer of the OraQuick at-home HIV test kit — has a 24/7 support center. Call (866) 436-6527 to be connected to local resources.
If your question does not need immediate attention, email us at GetCheckedDC@dc.org.
No matter what your test shows, we are here for you.
If you are feeling emotional or mental stress, anxiety, or trauma after receiving results of your at-home test, please call the DC HelpLine at 888-7-WE-HELP (888-793-4357) or the DC Health and Wellness Center at (202) 741-7692 to speak with a professional counselor.
What happens if your test is negative?
We have resources that can help you stay HIV negative. Have you heard of PrEP, the safe, daily pill that prevents you from getting HIV? Contact your medical provider or the DC Health and Wellness Center at (202) 741-7692 to discuss whether PrEP is right for you.
Be sure to take care of yourself by getting another at-home test kit in three months or getting tested at the many testing locations in DC. Need condoms? We can mail them to you for free! Order here.
What happens if your test is positive?
Let's start with the good news. People with HIV have long, happy, fulfilling lives, and DC has high-quality medical care and other services. We are here to support you.
The first thing you’ll need to do is set up an appointment at your medical provider's office. If you don’t have a medical provider, we can help connect you to testing, treatment, and care. Call the Health and Wellness Center at (202) 741-7692 to get connected to a medical provider in the District. If you prefer to find your own medical provider, visit linkudmv.org.
Also, inside the test kit that you receive from us is a list of local resources and steps to take if your test comes back positive.
DC endorses Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U). Taking HIV medication daily suppresses the virus and means you can't pass it to others. To learn more about U=U, click here.
What happens if your test did not work or you can’t read the results?
Call OraQuick’s 24/7 hotline at (866) 436-6527.
Take our questionnaire!
About two weeks after receiving your test kit, you will receive an email from the DC Department of Health asking you to complete a questionnaire about your home-testing experience. We strongly encourage you to complete the questionnaire so that we can improve our home-based testing.
The DC Health and Wellness Center is open and offers sexual health care. Call (202) 741-7692 for an appointment. Our office is located at 77 P St. NE, Washington, DC. Current hours for all testing and treatment are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Tuesdays, we have a new express clinic for STI testing. In and out in 20 minutes! We have in-person and telehealth appointments available.
If you need to receive information outside of the times listed above, OraSure — the manufacturer of the OraQuick at-home HIV test kit — has a 24/7 support center. Call (866) 436-6527 to be connected to local resources.
You can also find health and related services in the DC metro area at linkudmv.org.
If you are feeling emotional or mental stress, anxiety, or trauma after receiving the results of your at-home test, please call the DC HelpLine at 888-7-WE-HELP (888-793-4357) or the DC Health and Wellness Center at (202) 741-7692 to speak with a professional counselor.