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Director: Keith Higman
HIV / AIDS Program

HIV /AIDS Clinic Notice
Effective April 1, 2015, HIV / AIDS services will no longer be available.

Administration Building, 3rd Floor
700 South 2nd Street
Mount Vernon, WA 98273

By appointment, and walk-ins based on availability
Monday 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday thru Friday:
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Phone: (360) 416-1500
Fax: (360) 336-9401

HIV Counseling & Testing
Testing is done at Skagit County Public Health Department,
Monday: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday thru Friday:
8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
By appointment, and walk-ins based on availability
(360) 416-1500

information and services are confidential

If you are 14 years old or older, you don't need parental consent to get an HIV test, STD tests, or free condoms and other barriers.
Content Notice
This website contains HIV prevention messages that may not be appropriate for all audiences. Because HIV infection is spread primarily through sexual behaviors or by injection drug use, prevention messages and programs address these topics. If you are not seeking such information or may be offended by such materials, please exit this website.

Related Resources:
STD Clinic | Free Condoms | HIV/AIDS Q&A

Individuals who are at high risk and eligible for free testing include:

  • Men who have sex with men
  • Injection drug users
  • Sexual partners of an HIV+ person
  • Sexual partners of injection drug users
  • Sex industry workers
  • Persons who have been diagnosed with an STD
  • Anyone who uses methamphetamine or crack cocaine

HIV test results are only given in person and counseling is available for everyone regardless of risk factors.

HIV/AIDS Services & Case Management
Skagit County Public Health Department depends on Evergreen AIDS Foundation to provide case management services to assist people living with HIV and AIDS.
Evergreen AIDS can be contacted at
(800) 249-2437 or

  • HIV / AIDS Questions & Answers

    Why should I be tested for HIV? If you're having unprotected sex with someone you don't know well, or you suspect your partner is having sex with someone else, you could have HIV and not know it. And HIV test is the only way to find out.

    • If you are or become pregnant, you can reduce the risk of passing HIV to your baby.
    • If you know you have HIV, you can protect the person you have sex with from getting infected.
    • If you have HIV, it is important to help the people you've had sex with or the people you've shared drugs with to get tested for HIV. A test counselor can also help you decide if your children need to be tested.
    • If you had dental or medical procedures in another country, it may not have been possible to clean equipment that had some one else's blood on it before it was used on you.
    • An HIV test can give you peace of mind. It is the only way you can know for sure if you have HIV.

    What is HIV?
    HIV is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It is the virus that causes AIDS. Over time, HIV gradually weakens the body's ability to fight disease. HIV makes it easier to get many infections and cancers that would not normally occur in a healthy person. HIV is life threatening.

    How is HIV passed from person to person?
    HIV can be spread in several ways:

    • Having sex without a condom
    • Sharing drug injection equipment
    • Blood transfusions
    • Organ transplants
    • Sharing razors, toothbrushes, needles for tattooing or other objects that may have blood on them.
    • If a mother has HIV, it can be passed to her baby, either at birth or through breast feeding
    What is AIDS?
    Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is the late stage of HIV infection. If a person has AIDS, it means that HIV has caused severe damage to the body's immune system.

    You cannot get HIV from:

    • Shaking hands
    • Hugging or Kissing
    • Sharing eating utensils
    • Food or other things touched by people who have HIV or AIDS
    • Toilet seats
    • Mosquito bites

    What can I expect if I have an HIV Test?
    Your doctor or an HIV test counselor will talk to you about the test and what will happen after the test. They will take a sample of your blood for testing. It takes Skagit County Public Health 5-7 days to get the results back. You will need to come back to the health department for your results.

    What if my test result is positive?
    If your test result is positive, it means that you have HIV. There are many things you can do to stay healthy and live longer. The first step is to see a doctor who has experience treating people who have HIV or AIDS. This doctor will evaluate your health and help you understand the medications that are available to treat HIV.

    While there is no cure for HIV, new medications have greatly improved the health and quality of life for many people who have HIV or AIDS.

    What about people I've had sex with?
    Your HIV test only tests YOU. It does not tell you about your wife, husband, boyfriend, girlfriend or anybody else. These people can only find out if they have HIV by getting an HIV test themselves. Adapted from Seattle-King County Public Health, January 2006