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 stores in support of National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) on June 27.
Largest HIV Testing Partnership in the U.S.
To date, more than 72,000+ free HIV tests have been provided through the Greater Than AIDS / Walgreens National HIV Community Partnership (NHCP), including 15,300 self-tests, and even more people 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 and 2021, the Partnership shifted from in-store testing to HIV self-testing because of COVID-19. Greater Than AIDS and Walgreens, together with OraSure Technologies Inc., donated 15,300+ OraQuick In-Home HIV Teststo nearly 300 HIV organizations and health departments across 39 states to support expanded testing options during COVID-19. A majority of organizations had previously never offered HIV self-testing.
In a survey of 2021 HIV self-test program participants, nine in 10 reported the HIV self-test donations were “very important” to their work, with 85% saying it allowed them to continue offering HIV testing during COVID-19.
The Partnership is planning to return to in-store HIV testing on June 27, 2022 for National HIV Testing Day.
To learn more about the Greater Than AIDS / Walgreens National HIV Community Partnership, including how to get involved, please email email@example.com.