June 14, 2013
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation announced that Greater than AIDS, AIDS service organizations (ASOs), and state and local health departments will partner to offer free HIV testing in 175 Walgreens stores in 54 cities in 22 states to observe National HIV Testing Day on June 27. The third year of the Greater than AIDS and Walgreens partnership will more than triple the number of stores and organizations that participated in 2012. More than 130 state and local health departments and ASOs will conduct outreach activities, coordinate the rapid testing, and report results at the Walgreens outlets. Walgreens also will support the effort by posting National HIV Testing Day messages on its Times Square digital display and publicizing the free testing service through Walgreens stores not offering HIV testing.
Walgreens will offer free HIV tests in heavily affected cities, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, and Washington, on June 27-28 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on June 29. Walgreens has designated 700 stores in the hardest-hit cities as "Centers of Excellence," where HIV-infected people and their families can access one-on-one medication counseling from pharmacists as well as other support services. The Walgreens Centers of Excellence and Greater than AIDS also distribute HIV information to customers.
Tina Hoff, Kaiser Family Foundation senior vice president and director of health communication and media partnerships, emphasized the importance of frequent HIV testing in early treatment and prevention. The Kaiser Family Foundation was a founding partner of Greater than AIDS.
A list of participating Walgreens is available at http://greaterthan.org/articles/walgreens-testing-2013/.