HIV Positive Resources

healthcare provider helping patientThe STD/HIV Program has developed activities and resources to assist health care providers in the public and private sectors to integrate routine HIV testing as a part of patient care. These activities will also help facilitate linkage to HIV specialty care for newly identified HIV infected patients.

Appropriate health care settings for implementation of routine HIV testing include:

  • Hospital emergency departments
  • Specialty care clinics (e.g., ob/gyn, TB)
  • Community clinics (e.g., homeless, substance abuse)
  • Inpatient care (e.g., labor and delivery)
  • Correctional health care facilities
  • Pediatric/prenatal care clinics
  • Other primary care settings

CDC Recommendations for HIV Testing of Adults and Adolescents in Health Care Settings

The CDC estimates that 1 in 5 people infected with HIV are unaware that they are infected … and 54% of new sexually transmitted HIV infections in the US originate from HIV infected persons who are unaware of their infection.

CDC recommendations urge providers to include HIV testing as a routine part of health care for all patients 13 – 64 years of age regardless of their risk. Routine HIV testing ensures that:

  • More people learn about their HIV infection
  • Those who learn about their infection will benefit from earlier access to treatment
  • There is a reduction in the risk of further transmitting HIV to others

As a provider, what information do I need to provide to the patient before HIV testing?

HIV Testing: What You Need to Know

As a provider, what do I do if the patient tests positive for HIV?
Disclose confirmed HIV positive result to patient. If you need disclosure assistance you may contact Darryl Lampkin, Supervisor, 650-573-3643.

Report confirmed new HIV infections. 

HIV/AIDS is a reportable disease, as mandated by Title 17 California Code of Regulations (CCR).

Please complete the HIV/AIDS Case Report Form as thoroughly as possible.  Report by fax or mail within 7 working days.

Fax:     (650) 573-2919
Mail:    San Mateo County Health System
           Attn:  STD/HIV Program
           225 W. 37th Avenue
           San Mateo, CA  94403

- CDC National HIV/AIDS Hotline 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636)
- AIDS/HIV Nightline 1-800-628-9240 or 415-434-AIDS (434-2437)
- HIV Health Info Line  1-800-822-7422 or 415-558-9051
- Women Alive  1-800-554-4876
- Crisis Management Hotline 1-800-273-TALK or 1-800-784-2433

Staff Development/Presentation: STD/HIV Program personnel have developed and will conduct an onsite interactive presentation designed to enhance understanding of routine HIV testing in healthcare settings.  The presentation provides the following:

  • An overview of the CDC’s Recommendations for Routine HIV Testing in Healthcare Settings
  • Information and techniques to integrate HIV testing into a primary care visit
  • Review of  how to disclose HIV test results to patients
  • Resources and information for linkage and referral to HIV care as well as support services for HIV diagnosed patients

Technical Assistance: the goal of technical assistance is to build capacity of healthcare sites to effectively link HIV-positive patients to a continuum of care and services.

STD/HIV Program staff is available to conduct the following services onsite at healthcare sites:

  • Disclosure to HIV-positive patients
  • Linkage to and retention in HIV primary care
  • HIV prevention counseling and support
  • Partner counseling, testing, and referral services

For information about technical assistance services and/or to request a presentation or other assistance, contact Darryl Lampkin, Community Program Supervisor at 650-573-3643 or

A list of resources, information, and hotlines useful to healthcare providers to assist with managing HIV testing, referral, and linkage to care for HIV-positive patients.

STD/HIV Testing
A $25 registration fee (cash and checks only) is expected at time of service. Please see fee schedule.
No appointment necessary! Walk-in clinic.


Tuesday TESTING Only Clinic:  No doctor will be available.  Standard testing includes Rapid HIV (finger-stick), chlamydia and gonorrhea (urine specimen). Testing for syphilis, hepatitis C, and/or herpes will require an additional fee.

Thursday SYMPTOM Clinic:  This means that we will see patients with symptoms of an STD, such as pain, itching, oozing, rash, need medicine or need to see a doctor, and will include testing if necessary.  If you only want to be tested for STDs/HIV and do not need to see a doctor, please come on our Tuesday Testing Only Clinic.

STD Clinic FAQ

**If you have been a victim of sexual assault please contact the Keller Center at (650) 573-2623.

HIV Testing Van

Testing On Demand

Testing on Demand means that you can call the testing van counselors to arrange a time and location to meet for a test or results.  Our services include HIV Screening (rapid), Hepatitis C (rapid) and Syphilis screening, and needle exchange.  We offer confidential and anonymous testing.  Call us today at (650) 619-9125.

Other testing locations

In San Mateo County

Outside San Mateo County

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)

Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for people who do not have HIV to help prevent HIV infection by taking a pill every day. The pill contains two medicines that are also used, in combination with other medicines, to treat HIV. When someone is exposed to HIV through sex or injection drug use, PrEP can help stop the virus from establishing a permanent infection. When used consistently, PrEP has been shown to greatly reduce the risk of HIV infection in people who are at substantial risk. PrEP is much less effective when it is not taken consistently.

PrEP is a powerful HIV prevention tool, and can be combined with condoms and other prevention methods to provide even greater protection than when used alone. People who use PrEP must commit to taking the drug daily and seeing their health care provider every 3 months for HIV testing and other follow-up.

For more information please read, The Questions about PrEP.

Mobile Clinic

Mobile Clinic Schedule
(650) 573-2346

Convenient and confidential medical care.  Schedule subject to change, please call to confirm time and place.  Clients are seen on a walk-in basis. Services offered: Health Illness and Injury Treatment, Blood Pressure Screenings, Sugar Screenings (for diabetes), Vaccinations, Tuberculosis Testing, Birth Control, Pregnancy Testing and Counseling, Health Advise and Referral to Local Medical Centers.

HIV + Services

The STD/HIV Program has various HIV positive resources available for both providers and patients.  Please refer to our resource page for further information.  No client will be denied services because of inability to pay.

Other Clinics

STD/HIV Community Board

The San Mateo County HIV Program Community Board, a Commission of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, is a volunteer group of individuals that represent the interests of persons living with HIV/AIDS in San Mateo County. The Board advises the San Mateo County STD/HIV Program and provides ongoing direction about program policy, planning and development of all HIV/AIDS prevention and care services for San Mateo County residents. Members of the Board attend quarterly meetings and serve on at least one of the Board’s committees.

The San Mateo County Youth Commission, in conjunction with the HIV Community Board, produced this video, featuring HIV+ residents of San Mateo County:

San Mateo County Is 'Greater Than AIDS'

San Mateo County 'Greater Than AIDS' campaign raises awareness about HIV/AIDS, encourages HIV testing and educates people to help reduce the stigma surrounding STDs.
Greater Than AIDS is a leading national public information response focused on the U.S. domestic epidemic​. Learn more here.