Where can I get tested?

Want to get tested but not sure where to go? Many places in Santa Clara County (and around the country) offer free or low-cost STD and HIV testing. Below is a list of some of them, and you can always ask your healthcare provider where to find one. Also, some clinics offer free testing, while others accept private or public insurance, and/ or use a “sliding scale”, so they charge you based on your income. If you make less, you pay less.

Note: schedules and services provided can change, so it’s a good idea to call a place first to double check their hours and services!
Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI),
HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention Program
Web: http://hiv.aaci.org
Phone: (408) 278-4138
Address: Gordon N. Chan Community Services Center, 2400 Moorpark Ave., Suite 216, San Jose, CA 95128, The Banyan Tree Room
Hours: By appointment: Mon-Thurs, 10 am – 3 pm Walk-in: Mon-Thurs, 3 pm – 8 pm
Type of HIV test: Mainly use oral swab, but blood (fingerstick) is also available, confidential and anonymous testing
Time to get results: 20 minutes
Offers STD testing: No
Cost: Free!
Offers medications: Refers out
Note: They have walk-in hours, but you can also make an appointment. They also offer testing at The Watergarden Bath house (more info below).
Other services: Prevention and education programs, free condoms, free safer sex materials, mental health services, harm reduction, and prevention counseling.
Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center
Web: http://www.defrank.org
Phone: (408) 293-3040
Address: 938 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126
Hours:  Wed-Fri, 3-7 pm. No appointment necessary.
Type of HIV test: Oral swab, anonymous and confidential testing
Time to get results: 20 minutes
Offers STD testing: No
Cost: $10 suggested donation
Offers medications: Refers out
Note: They no longer make appointments. It’s first come, first served.
Other services: Health counseling (for HIV testing), Narcotics Anonymous, and social support groups. Youth Center, and Senior Services are focused towards GBLT populations. Languages include English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
The Watergarden (Bath House)
Web: http://thewatergarden.com/safe-sex
Phone: (408) 275-1215
Address: 1010 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126
Hours: Tues 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Thurs 5 pm – 9 pm
Type of HIV test: Oral swab, anonymous testing
Time to get results: 20 minutes
Offers STD testing: No
Cost: Free!
Offers medications: Refers out
Note: Call in advance to double check hours and availability.
Other services: For more info about HIV testing, education and prevention activities, and counseling, and upcoming activities, visit their Health Education Calendar
Crane Center
Phone (408) 792-3720
Address 976 Lenzen Ave., Suite 1800, San Jose, CA, 95126
Hours Mon, Thurs, & Fri: 9 am – 4:45 pm Tues: 9 am – 7 pm Wed: 10 am – 4:45 pm
Type of HIV test Oral swab, anonymous and confidential testing
Time to get results 20 minutes
Offers STD testing No
Cost Free!
Offers medications Refers out
Notes No appointment necessary. They take the last patient 30 minutes before closing.
Other services They also offer free Hepatitis C testing.
Planned Parenthood Mar Monte
Web www.plannedparenthood.org
Phone: (800) 230-7526
Address: Multiple locations—see below.
Eastside Health Center
Phone: (408) 729-7600
Address: 3131 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose, CA 95127
Hours: Mon, Thurs, Fri: 8:30 am – 7 pm. Tues, Wed: 8:30 am – 5 pm
Type of HIV test: Blood (finger stick), anonymous and confidential testing
Time to get results: 20 minutes
Offers STD testing: Yes
Cost: Confidential HIV testing and STD testing – accept private and public insurance, or self-pay by a sliding scale.Anonymous HIV testing – flat rate of $75.
Offers medications: They treat some STDs, but refer out for HIV care.
Note: Anonymous testing is by walk-in only.
Other services: Sexual health counseling, and health education and risk reduction.
East Valley/Mar Monte Community Clinic
Phone: (408) 274-7100
Address: 2470 Alvin Ave., Suite 80, San Jose, CA 95121
Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:45 am – 5 pmSat: 8:45 am – 1 pm, two Saturdays/month (by appointment only)
Type of HIV test: Blood (finger stick), anonymous and confidential testing
Time to get results: 20 minutes
Offers STD testing: Yes
Cost: Confidential HIV testing and STD testing – accept private and public insurance, or self-pay by a sliding scale.Anonymous HIV testing – flat rate of $75.
Offers medications: They treat some STDs, but refer out for HIV care.
Note: Anonymous testing is by walk-in only.
Other services: Sexual health counseling, and health education and risk reduction.
San Jose Health Center
Phone: (408) 287-7526
Address: 1691 The Alameda, San Jose, CA 95126
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 8 am – 8:30 pmFri: 7:30 am – 5 pmSaturday: by appointment only
Type of HIV test: Blood (finger stick), anonymous and confidential testing
Time to get results: 20 minutes
Offers STD testing: Yes
Cost: Confidential HIV testing and STD testing – accept private and public insurance, or self-pay by a sliding scale.Anonymous HIV testing – flat rate of $75.
Offers medications: They treat some STDs, but refer out for HIV care.
Note: Anonymous testing is by walk-in only.
Other services: Sexual health counseling, and health education and risk reduction.
Blossom Hill Health Center
Phone: (408) 281-9777
Address: 5440 Thornwood Dr., Suite G, San Jose, CA 95123
Hours: Mon: 8:30 am – 7 pmTue – Fri: 8:30 am – 5 pm
Type of HIV test: Blood (finger stick), anonymous and confidential testing
Time to get results: 20 minutes
Offers STD testing: Yes
Cost: Confidential HIV testing and STD testing – accept private and public insurance, or self-pay by a sliding scale.Anonymous HIV testing – flat rate of $75.
Offers medications: They treat some STDs, but refer out for HIV care.
Note: Anonymous testing is by walk-in only.
Other services: Sexual health counseling, and health education and risk reduction.
Sunnyvale Health Center
Phone: (408) 739-5151
Address: 604 E. Evelyn Ave., Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Hours: Mon & Wed: 8:45 am – 7 pmTues, Thurs, & Fri: 8:45 am – 5 pm
Type of HIV test: Blood (finger stick), anonymous and confidential testing
Time to get results: 20 minutes
Offers STD testing: Yes
Cost: Confidential HIV testing and STD testing – accept private and public insurance, or self-pay by a sliding scale.Anonymous HIV testing – flat rate of $75.
Offers medications: They treat some STDs, but refer out for HIV care.
Note: Anonymous testing is by walk-in only.
Other services: Sexual health counseling, and health education and risk reduction.
Mountain View Health Center
Phone: (650) 948-0807
Address: 225 San Antonio Rd., Mountain View, CA 94040
Hours: Mon, Wed, & Fri: 8:30 am – 5 pmTues & Thurs: 8:30 am – 7 pm
Type of HIV test: Blood (finger stick), anonymous and confidential testing
Time to get results: 20 minutes
Offers STD testing: Yes
Cost: Confidential HIV testing and STD testing – accept private and public insurance, or self-pay by a sliding scale.Anonymous HIV testing – flat rate of $75.
Offers medications: They treat some STDs, but refer out for HIV care.
Note: Anonymous testing is by walk-in only.
Other services: Sexual health counseling, and health education and risk reduction.
Gilroy Health Center
Phone: (408) 847- 1739
Address: 760 Renz Ln., Gilroy, CA 95020
Hours: Mon: 9:30 am – 5:30 pmTues, Thurs, & Fri: 8:45 am – 5 pmWed: 11 am – 7 pmSat: 9 am – 2 pm, second and fourth Saturday of the month
Type of HIV test: Blood (finger stick), anonymous and confidential testing
Time to get results: 20 minutes
Offers STD testing: Yes
Cost: Confidential HIV testing and STD testing – accept private and public insurance, or self-pay by a sliding scale.Anonymous HIV testing – flat rate of $75.
Offers medications: They treat some STDs, but refer out for HIV care.
Note: Anonymous testing is by walk-in only.
Other services: Sexual health counseling, and health education and risk reduction.
May View Community Health Center
Web: http://mayview.org/
Phone: See below (each Center has a different phone number)
Address: Multiple locations—see below.
Palo Alto
Web: http://mayview.org/index.php/en/locations-en/palo-alto-en
Phone: (650) 327- 8717
Address: 270 Grant Ave., Palo Alto CA 94306
Hours: Mon: 8:30 am – 8:30 pmTue-Fri: 8:30 am – 5 pm*Closed noon – 1 pm every day**The only May View Community Health Center location that offers anonymous HIV testing (requires an appointment)
Type of HIV test: Confidential and anonymous blood test, by appointment only
Time to get results: A few days
Offers STD testing: Yes
Cost: They accept Medi-cal, or it’s $46 for an HIV test. For STD testing, they charge for an office visit plus the cost of the test(s), based on a sliding scale.
Offers medications: Usually refer out
Note: All testing is by appointment only
Mountain View
Web: http://mayview.org/mvclinic.htm
Phone: (650) 965-3323
Address: 100 N. Moffett Blvd., Suite 101, Mountain View, CA 94043, in social services building
Hours: Mon, Wed, & Fri: 8:30 am – 5 pmTues, Thurs: 8:30 am – 8:30 pmEvery other Saturday (call ahead): 9 am – 4 pm*Closed noon – 1 pm every day
Type of HIV test: Blood test, confidential only, by appointment only
Time to get results: A few days
Offers STD testing: Yes
Cost: They accept Medical, or it’s $46 for an HIV test. For STD testing, they charge for an office visit plus the cost of the test(s), based on a sliding scale.
Offers medications: Usually refer elsewhere
Note: All testing is by appointment only

Looking for additional HIV and STD testing places? The Internet and your mobile phone are here to help! Check out other these other resources:

  • Use the HIV Prevention and Services Locator. Just enter your ZIP code and you’ll get a map that shows you nearby testing locations.
  • Visit HIVtest.org. Enter your ZIP code and you’ll get a list of HIV and STD testing sites, including those that offer free tests.
  • Call 1-800 CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).
  • Text your ZIP code to KNOWIT (566948) and you’ll receive a message in reply that lists the nearest testing locations.

Sources: Santa Clara County HIV Services Provider Directory, AIDS.gov