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Walmart expands pilot HIV screening program

BENTONVILLE, Ark.– Walmart has expanded its HIV Point-of-Care Screenings to 18 Specialty Pharmacies of the Community (SPOCs) – located within Walmart Pharmacies – in Colorado and Virginia.

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BENTONVILLE, Ark.Walmart has expanded its HIV Point-of-Care Screenings to 18 Specialty Pharmacies of the Community (SPOCs) – located within Walmart Pharmacies – in Colorado and Virginia. These screenings are part of Walmart’s continued effort to make healthcare more accessible, affordable and convenient, following the HIV screening pilot at two Walmart pharmacies in Virginia last year. Screenings at all 20 locations are free to patients as part of a continued pilot expansion that runs through Sept. 27.  

During the HIV Point-of-Care Screening, an HIV test will be administered by a Walmart pharmacist, and while the test is running, the pharmacist will discuss other preventative measures like STI tests, contraceptive use, the need for a pregnancy test, medication that can treat or prevent the spread of HIV, vaccines a patient may need and more. The test is a simple blood sample, gathered through a finger prick and takes less than 30 minutes to return results. 

Walmart’s SPOCs help patients with aspects of care, including industry-leading clinical programs, HIV-trained pharmacists performing at the top of their license, custom-care coordination and healthy lifestyle recommendations. Walmart’s specialty pharmacists help patients manage medications, find emotional support, and navigate insurance options.

“We remain on a dedicated journey to broaden access to HIV care while also doing our part to reduce the stigma associated with HIV,” said Kevin Host, senior vice president of pharmacy at Walmart. “Our newest HIV Point-of-Care Screening locations are led by pharmacists who are uniquely positioned to support those who are undiagnosed and experiencing symptoms during a time of uncertainty.” 

A list of locations in Colorado that are offering HIV Point-of-Care Screenings include: 

Store #3566 – 9400 E Hampden Ave., Aurora, CO 80014 

Store #5334 – 3301 Tower Rd., Aurora, CO 80014 

Store # 4288 – 4651 W. 121st Ave., Broomfield, CO 80020 

Store #2223 – 9499 Sheridan Blvd., Westminster, CO 80031 

Store #3533 – 7800 Smith Rd., Denver, CO 80207 

Store #1434 – 707 8th St., Colorado Springs, CO 80905 

Store #2125 – 7455 W. Colfax Ave., Lakewood, CO 80214 

Store #1001 – 4080 W. Northern Ave. Pueblo, CO 81005  

A list of locations in Virginia that are offering HIV Point-of-Care Screenings include: 

Store #1631 – 1900 Cunningham Dr., Hampton, VA 23666 

Store #7032 – 5001 Nine Mile Rd., Henrico, VA 23223 

Store #1759 – 6819 Walton Ln., Gloucester, VA 23061 

Store #3644 – 201 Hillcrest Pkwy., Chesapeake, VA 23322 

Store #1688 – 657 Phoenix Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23452 

Store #2529 – 2021 Lynnhaven Pkwy., Virginia Beach, VA 23456 

Store #1811 – 1170 N. Military Hwy., Norfolk, VA 23502 

Store #5253 – 632 Grassfield Pkwy., Chesapeake, VA 23322 

Store #2808 – 12200 Chattanooga Plz., Midlothian, VA 23112 

Store #2821 – 2410 Sheila Ln., Richmond, VA 23225 

The tests administered in the HIV Point-of-Care Screenings are not diagnoses and in the event of a positive result Walmart pharmacists will help patients work with their primary care physicians or the Department of Health to order a confirmatory test. 

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