Free, Convenient, and Safe HIV and STD Testing For DC Residents

About GetCheckedDC

Get tested in the comfort of your home in the District or at a lab in the DMV.
GetCheckedDC is Washington, DC’s new, free program that provides residents with confidential, convenient testing for both HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Get Tested

Select a test type for more information.

Fill out a request form to receive a free, at-home HIV or STD test kit — or both kits.

Your privacy matters. Everything you tell us is confidential — your name, mailing address, and test results. Test kit packages will be unmarked and discreetly labeled.

I want to receive a free test kit!

Before You Get Tested

If you have concerns about getting tested or other sexual health matters, consider speaking with a counselor from a community agency before you order your test: Find what you need at linkudmv.org. You can also schedule a telehealth (video or phone) appointment or in-person appointment with the DC Health and Wellness Center at (202) 741-7692 to get support.

If you think you have been exposed to HIV without any form of protection, breathe. We have ways to support you. 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 think you need PEP, call the DC Health and Wellness Center at (202) 741-7962. We’d be happy to help you find the best solution.

If you are experiencing symptoms of an STD or if you were intimate with someone who has tested positive for an STD, do not request a test kit. Instead, call the DC Health and Wellness Center at (202) 741-7962 or a provider of your choice for treatment.

For more information about your sexual health, including facts about HIV and STDs, visit sexualbeing.org, which is for everyone, or sexisdc.org, which is especially for youth.

Testing 101

Both at-home test kits are safe and easy to use.

For HIV testing, DC uses the OraQuick rapid HIV test: Swab the inside of your mouth and get the result in 20 minutes.

For STD testing at home, choose from several options, including a urine test, an oral swab, or a rectal swab. For more directions on how to test yourself at home, click here.

Who Can Get a Test Kit?

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 at home again? You can request another test kit in three months or email us at GetCheckedDC@dc.gov.

When You Get Your Test Kit

Follow the instructions in your 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 an appointment.

HIV test: You will be able to learn the results right away. 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.

STD test: Your kit, which tests for chlamydia and gonorrhea, will include instructions on how to register it. Registering will give you access to an online patient portal, where you can view your results seven business days after returning your specimen. The manufacturer, Molecular Testing Labs, is available to answer questions about your kit or specimen collection. Call (360) 693-8850 to speak with a customer service representative.

For general, non-urgent questions,email us at GetCheckedDC@dc.gov.

What the Test Will Tell You: HIV

No matter what your test shows, we are here for you.

If the results of your at-home test cause you stress or anxiety or simply upset you, please call the DC HelpLine at 888-7-WE-HELP (888-793-4357).

If your HIV test is negative…
A negative result means that the test has not found antibodies for HIV (antibodies are your body’s way of fighting the virus). Timing matters, though: The test is accurate for people who may have been exposed to HIV several months ago. But if you think you might have been exposed to HIV more recently — within the past three months — the test is less accurate.

The good news is, there are other tests that can find HIV soon after exposure. Contact your medical provider or go to one of many community testing places: Find what you need at linkudmv.org, or contact the DC Health and Wellness Center at (202) 741-7692.

You can also take the at-home test again at a later time. Questions? Call us at (202) 741-7692.  

We have resources that can help you stay HIV negative. Have you heard of PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis? This safe, daily pill 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 get tested at the many testing locations in DC. Need condoms? We can mail them to you for free! Order here.

If your HIV 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 necessary, we can help provide you with testing, treatment, and care or refer you to a nearby provider. Call the DC 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 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.

What the Test Will Tell You: STDs

No matter what your test shows, we are here for you.

If the results of your at-home test cause you stress or anxiety or simply upset you, please call the DC HelpLine at 888-7-WE-HELP (888-793-4357).

If your STD test is negative…
That’s good news. Be sure to take care of yourself by getting another at-home test kit for both HIV and STDs, depending on your level of risk, whether in three, six, or twelve months, or by getting tested at one of many DC locations. Need condoms? We can mail them to you for free! Order here.

If your STD test is positive…
Don’t stress! Like getting a cold, anyone can get an STD. The two STDs you were tested for — chlamydia and gonorrhea — are bacterial infections that can be cured with medication. If you test positive, you will be contacted by a member of DC Health team. As the prescribers for the kit, we will have your results, keep them confidential, and make sure that you understand them. Together, we will discuss treatment options.

What happens if you don't understand your results?
Email us at GetCheckedDC@dc.gov. Write “STD Results” in the subject line — this will help us answer your questions faster.

If your STD test is negative but you’re still experiencing symptoms…
If you are experiencing any STD symptoms, you should go to your medical provider for additional testing and treatment. If you do not have a provider or would rather receive testing and treatment elsewhere, call the DC Health and Wellness Center at (202) 741-7692 to speak to our staff and schedule an appointment. 

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.

Looking for free, fast, convenient lab testing for HIV, STDs, or hepatitis? We can help — even if you’re uninsured or underinsured for lab testing services.

Now, any DC resident can walk into a LabCorp patient service center in the DMV area, with or without an appointment, and get tested for free. Results are posted to our patient portal in about a week.

This new option provides an easy, confidential way for residents to get tested for HIV, STD, and hepatitis without having to visit a medical provider or a healthcare facility.

Get Tested

1.
Request a test.

2.
Walk into a lab.

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Get your results online in about a week.

Before You Get Tested

If you have concerns about getting tested or other sexual health matters, consider speaking with a counselor from a community agency before requesting your test: Find what and who you need at linkudmv.org. You can also schedule a telehealth (video or phone) appointment or in-person appointment with the DC Health and Wellness Center at (202) 741-7692 to get support.

If you think you have been exposed to HIV without any form of protection, breathe. We have ways to support you. 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 think you need PEP, call the DC Health and Wellness Center at (202) 741-7962. We’d be happy to help you find the best solution.

If you are experiencing symptoms of an STD or if you were intimate with someone who has tested positive for an STD, do not request a test kit. Instead, call the DC Health and Wellness Center at (202) 741-7962 or a provider of your choice for treatment.

For more information about your sexual health, including facts about STDs and HIV, visit sexualbeing.org, which is for everyone, or sexisdc.org, which is especially for youth.

Who Can Get Tested?

Any DC resident older than 12 can be tested at a LabCorp patient service center.

What Can I Get Tested For?

LabCorp patient service centers offer tests for many health conditions. Giving a urine sample and getting a blood draw are two free and easy ways to stay fully informed. The urine sample will test for gonorrhea and chlamydia, and the blood draw can test for HIV, syphilis, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C. Simply check those tests on the request form.

Getting Your Test and Results

Making a Request: No appointments are needed — though making one might save you time — but you do need to request a test. Click here to submit your information confidentially to the DC Health and Wellness Center.

You will need ID at the lab, so when you make your online request for a test make sure the name you enter matches the ID that you will show.

Within 24 hours, you will receive a confirmation text message and email from the DC Health and Wellness Center. Using that, you can walk into a lab or make an appointment on the LabCorp website (often for the same day).

Your privacy matters. Everything you tell us is confidential.

Getting Your Results: The email confirmation you receive includes a link that lets you create a DC Health and Wellness Center patient portal account. Your test results will be posted about a week after you visit the LabCorp patient service center.

We encourage you to create an account, which will let you know the results. If you do not create a DC Health and Wellness Center patient portal account, we will let you know by phone only if the test comes back positive.

Find a Test Site Near You

There are a number of LabCorp patient service centers in the District, as well in Maryland and Northern Virginia. Get tested at the most convenient location for you!

Click here to find a location near you by entering your ZIP code and selecting “routine labwork.”

Northwest DC:

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Southeast DC:

Fees and ID

You will not have to pay. The DC Department of Health will cover the cost of your lab visit and tests. You do not need health insurance to receive walk-in testing through this program.

If you are a dependent, you will not need to provide information about your guardians’ or parents’ insurance. Your visit stays confidential.

You do not need to provide credit card information, even if you are asked for it. If you are asked to provide insurance or payment information, tell the LabCorp representative that you are “opting out.”

If you make an appointment online, you will be asked, “How will this visit be covered?” Select the fourth option: “I have already paid or someone else is responsible.” 

Questions? Call the phone number provided in your confirmation email.

Identification: The test and results are confidential, but you will need to show a government-issued photo ID card so LabCorp can match you with your results. The name on the ID must match the name you used in your online request.

(If the names differ, make sure to bring your testing order number, provided in your text message confirmation, to LabCorp so that staff members can verify.)

What the Test Will Tell You: HIV

No matter what your test shows, we are here for you.

If the results of your at-home test cause you stress or anxiety or simply upset you, please call the DC HelpLine at 888-7-WE-HELP (888-793-4357).

If your HIV test is negative…
We have resources that can help you stay HIV negative. Have you heard of PrEP, or pre-exposure prophylaxis? This safe, daily pill 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 an 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.

If your HIV 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.

If your test results are positive, you will be contacted by our DC Health and Wellness Center staff about receiving the appropriate treatment. You can choose to receive treatment at the Health and Wellness Center or with your regular provider.

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 the Test Will Tell You: STD

No matter what your test shows, we are here for you.  

If the results of your at-home test cause you stress or anxiety or simply upset you, please call the DC HelpLine at 888-7-WE-HELP (888-793-4357).

If your STD test is negative…
That’s good news. Be sure to take care of yourself by getting another at-home test kit for both HIV and STDs in three, six, or 12 months — depending on your level of risk — or by getting tested at one of many DC locations. Need condoms? We can mail them to you for free! Order here.

If your STD test is positive…
Don’t stress! Like getting a cold, anyone can get an STD. Different STDs require different types of treatment. Some are totally curable and others you can manage for the rest of your life with medication.

If you have a positive STD test result, we at the DC Health team will contact you to talk about treatment options.

If your STD test is negative but you’re still experiencing symptoms…
If you are experiencing any STD symptoms, you should go to your medical provider for additional testing and treatment.  

If you do not have a provider or would rather receive testing and treatment elsewhere, call the DC Health and Wellness Center at (202) 741-7692 to speak to our staff and schedule an appointment.

What Your Test Will Tell You: Hepatitis

If your test for hepatitis B or C is positive, call your medical provider or the DC Health and Wellness Center to discuss next steps and treatment options.

For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Click here for information about hepatitis B testing and treatment, and click here for information about hepatitis C testing and treatment.

Connect to Care

Contact us if you have any questions about HIV or STD testing in DC. The DC Health and Wellness Center is open and offers sexual healthcare for free. 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. STD testing is also available during our express clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays — in and out in 20 minutes. We also 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 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.

The following community healthcare providers also offer same-day rapid HIV treatment:

LabCorp and the DC Health and Wellness Center

For walk-in testing, the DC Health and Wellness Center has partnered with LabCorp. The DC Health and Wellness Center serves as the ordering provider — meaning that our medical staff will act as your provider in ordering the test.

LabCorp is a nationwide network of laboratories that offer a number of services. It is not directly affiliated with the DC Department of Health, but for this program, we are using their patient service centers in the DMV area for HIV, STD, and hepatitis laboratory testing.