Since 2011, KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation), through its Greater Than AIDS public information initiative, and Walgreens, one of the nation’s largest drug store chains, have teamed with health departments and HIV service organizations across the nation to provide free HIV testing and information in Walgreens in support of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) on June 27th.

In response to COVID-19, the 2020 and 2021 programs pivoted from in-store activations to a FREE HIV Self-Test Donation Program.

Greater Than AIDS and Walgreens, together with OraSure Technologies Inc., have donated 15,300+ OraQuick In-Home HIV Tests to community partners to support expanded free HIV testing options for those in need. 

Largest HIV Testing Partnership in the U.S. 

To date, more than 67,000+ free HIV tests have been provided through the Greater Than AIDS / Walgreens National HIV Community Partnership (NHCP) and even more have been reached with critical HIV resources.

The NHCP offers a unique public-private model to support communities in their Ending the HIV Epidemic responses. By extending the reach of testing and informational resources in non-traditional settings, the partnership helps normalize conversations about HIV and reach populations most affected by HIV about the latest advances in prevention and treatment.

Expanding HIV Testing Options During COVID-19

In 2020, when in-store activations shifted to HIV self-tests because of COVID-19, more than 200 local health agencies and community-based organizations received 10,000 FDA-approved, self-administered tests through the NHCP HIV Self-Test Program to distribute at no cost to those unable to get tested in person.

A survey of 2020 HIV self-test recipients found that 96% said the HIV self-test donation was “very” or “somewhat” important to their organization. Among community partners that distributed the HIV self-tests, 86% said the donation enabled them to continue offering HIV testing during the pandemic and 84% said the program helped expand their HIV testing offerings. Seven in 10 (71%) of the organizations that received the tests reported that they were not offering HIV self-testing at the time of their request. If this program was offered again, almost all (92%) community partners said they would participate again.

As the pandemic continues, the HIV Self-Test Program is being offered again in 2021 in place of the partnership’s in-store NHTD testing activation (we hope to be back in stores next year!).

To learn more about the Greater Than AIDS / Walgreens National HIV Testing Day Community Partnership and 2021 HIV Self-Test Program, please email community@kff.org.