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DeKalb residents can get a FREE HIV test to take at home, or wherever is convenient! HIV self-tests can be picked up at one of the health centers listed below or sent in the mail.

T.O. Vinson Health Center
440 Winn Way Decatur, GA 30030
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:15 am – 5:00 pm
(404) 294-3762
Map & directions

Clifton Springs Health Center
3110 Clifton Springs Road Decatur, GA 30034
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:15 am – 5:00 pm
(404) 244-2200
Map & directions

The DeKalb Board of Public Health distributes FDA-approved self-tests at no cost as another option to in-person HIV testing.

Delaware Free In-Home HIV Test Overview 4

It’s fast and easy. Just a swab of the mouth and 20 minutes later you have your results. Counseling is available before and after testing from the providing agency.

If you prefer to have an HIV test done by a healthcare provider, ask for in-person testing at a DeKalb County health center.

If my HIV test is negative...

Consider your ongoing HIV prevention strategy. This may include PrEP, for people who do not have HIV and want added protection.

Talk with your healthcare provider about whether you should schedule a follow-up test. The “window” period when HIV antibodies are detected by a test can take up to 12 weeks after exposure.

If you think you have been exposed to HIV within the last 72 hours, PEPpost exposure prophylaxis – may be an option.


If my HIV test is positive...

A positive HIV self-test needs to be confirmed by a blood test in medical setting.

If the follow-up test is also positive, you will start daily antiretroviral medication to lower your viral load. While not a cure, it is possible to reduce the viral load to levels undetectable by lab tests.

When HIV is undetectable it cannot be passed to others through sex.

With ongoing treatment, you can live a healthy, normal lifespan.