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HIV Testing

For the location of HIV testing sites in your area, click one of the links below. You do not have to be tested at the location nearest to your home. Some testing centers offer anonymous testing. Other places have confidential testing.

WV Bureau for Public Health HIV/AIDS & STD program

WV Health Departments

Free, at-home HIV testing
The Ryan White Program provides free, confidential HIV oral rapid test kits, which provides results in 20 minutes. Patients can pick up tests at the Outpatient Care Clinic, located on the CAMC Memorial Hospital campus on the 4th floor of the Heart & Vascular Center. Call (304) 388-9337 for more information.

HIV facts:

  • HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. It lives in blood, semen, vaginal fluids and breast milk.
  • To get HIV, one of these infected fluids has to get inside your body.
  • People with HIV can look and feel healthy for a long time.
  • Even if he or she looks and feels well, a person can have HIV and pass the virus to others.
  • Many "healthy looking" people have HIV and don't even know they have it.

The HIV test

You can get tested at a doctor's office, a public health clinic, a family planning clinic, or an HIV testing center. Some places offer free testing, and some charge up to $100. HIV usually takes up to three months to show up on a test.

What are the reasons to get tested?

  • You are worried that you may have HIV
  • You are thinking about having sex with a new partner, and you want to be sure that neither of you has HIV
  • You are pregnant, or thinking about getting pregnant, and want to know if the baby has a chance of getting HIV
  • You are thinking about joining a group that requires testing, such as the Job Corps or military

Are you at risk?

If you can answer yes to either of these questions, you are at risk for HIV, and may want to be tested:

  • Have I ever had sex without using a latex condom?
  • Have I ever shared needles to inject drugs, vitamins or steroids, for body piercing or tattooing?

What happens during the test?

Before the test, a counselor may talk with you. He or she will explain the test, and what you can do to keep yourself healthy. A health worker will take a little blood from your arm, use a cotton swab to rub some cells from the inside of your mouth, or ask for a urine sample. The sample will be sent to a lab. Results can take about two weeks. You will return to the test site to get your results.

Test results


A negative test result means either you don't have HIV, or you have HIV, but it's too soon for the test to show it. (If you had unsafe sex or shared needles in the three to six months before your test, it may be too soon to get an accurate result. You need to be tested again.)

A negative test does not mean you can't get HIV in the future. You can get HIV anytime you have unsafe sex or share needles for any reason.


A positive test result means you have HIV. If your test is positive, two things are very important:

  • See a health care provider right away. Early treatment can help you stay healthy longer.
  • Find support. Friends, family, and/or an AIDS/HIV support group will help you live healthy with HIV.

Berkeley Co. Health Dept.
800 Emmett Rousch Dr.
Martinsburg, WV 25401

(304) 263-5131

Braxton Co. Health Dept.
495 Old Turnpike Road
Sutton, WV 26601

(304) 765-2851

Cabell-Huntington Health Dept.
1336 Hal Greer Blvd.
Huntington, WV 25701

(304) 523-6483

Fayette Co. Health Dept.
202 Church Street
Fayetteville, WV 25840

(304) 574-1617

Grant Co. Health Dept.
739 N Fork Hwy
Petersburg, WV 26847

(304) 257-4922

Greenbrier Co. Health Dept.
9207 Seneca Trail
Ronceverte, WV 24970

(304) 645-1787

Harrison-Clarksburg Health Dept.
330 W Main St
Clarksburg, WV 26301

(304) 623-9308

Kanawha-Charleston Health Dept.
108 Lee Street East
Charleston, WV 25301

(304) 348-8080

Kanawha Charleston Health Dept.
Public Health Unit, CAMC
3101 MacCorkle Ave. S. E.
Charleston, WV 25323

(304) 348-8160

Logan Co. Health Dept.
300 Stratton St, Room 203
Logan, WV 25601

(304) 792-8630

Marshall Co. Health Dept.
6th St
Moundsville, WV 26041

(304) 845-7840

McDowell Co. Health Dept.
Wilco, WV 24895

(304) 448-2174

Mercer Co. Health Dept.
978 Blue Prince Rd
Bluefield, WV 24701

(304) 324-8367

Mid-Ohio Valley Health Dept.
211 6th St
Parkersburg, WV 26101

(304) 485-7374

Monongalia Co. Health Dept.
453 Van Voorhis Road
Morgantown, WV 26505

(304) 598-5100

Morgantown Health Right
341 Spruce St.
Morgantown, WV 26507

(304) 292-8234 or 800-330-1653

Putnam Co. Health Dept.
11878 Winfield Rd.
Hurricane, WV 25526

(304) 757-2541

Beckley-Raleigh Co. Health Dept.
1602 Harper Road
Beckley, WV 25801

(304) 252-8531

Randolph Elkins Health Dept.
32 Randolph Ave.
Elkins, WV 26241

(304) 636-0396

Wheeling-Ohio Health Dept.
1500 Chapline Street, Room 106
Wheeling, WV 26003

(304) 234-3682