Health Services

HIV Testing & STI Screening

Monday, Tuesday,
Wednesday, Friday

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM


12:00 PM – 9:00 PM


10:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Rapid HIV testing may be available on a walk-up basis during testing hours.
*Same-day appointments may be available and subject to day-of capacity

If you are experiencing symptoms related to STIs or have been notified by a partner that you may have been exposed, call our team directly to schedule an appointment with one of our on-site providers. Telehealth sessions are available.


LGBTQ+ Primary Care

The Center and MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center are partnering up to provide LGBTQ folks with healthcare services at our 4th Street storefront.

As part of a pilot project led by The Center’s medical director, Dr. Odrin Castillo, and a team of LGBTQ specialty residents will help with some basic healthcare needs for those without insurance. Care services will include access to:
Physical Exams and Consultations
Basic Labs and Tests
Support with HRT and Transgender Health
Access to Affirming and Competent Providers

To schedule your LGBTQ primary care appointment call (562) 434-4455 ext. 500 to speak with someone from our team to conduct the intake process. Spots are limited and care will focus on uninsured patients during this pilot period.

The Basics of HIV & STI Testing

We pride ourselves on our approachable, simple, and client-centered services. The HIV tests offered are FREE of cost to our patients,  highly accurate, and completely confidential, with results that come back in as little as 1-minute. For complete HIV testing services, we ask you to allow 20 minutes of your time to speak to a counselor before and after the test is administered. Whether your reason for getting tested is routine or urgent, we are here to help you consider your health first. Do you know your status? If not, make an appointment, and we can help.

STI Screening

In response to the COVID-19 guidelines, screening for STIs are currently available on a scheduled appointment ONLY.
No walk-ins will be permitted until further notice

The Health Services team provides STI screening on-site free of cost to our patients. STI-related exams, as well as screenings by a Nurse Practitioner for syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia, are available via telehealth or in-person. We strive to make all of our services accessible to LGBTQ individuals who do not have insurance, those who are underinsured, or who do not feel comfortable discussing their sexual health with their own provider.

STI screening includes a multi-site, self-collected sample program geared to helping detect infections in the genitals, throat, and rectum. Results are available in 5-7 business days and treatment is available, at no cost if needed.

Additional STI Screening Resources

The Center’s STI screening program provides quality LGBTQ sexual health services to those who do not have access to screening and treatment services anywhere else. Our staff works to address the specific needs of the LGBTQ community by providing informed and competent care tailored to their needs. Due to the high volume of clients making appointments to receive our specialized services, appointments may take up to a week from the time of scheduling. If you are unable to wait, please reach out to the following organizations that also provide free STI screening:

APLA Health Long Beach
(call ahead to schedule a visit)
1043 Elm Ave. Suite #302
Long Beach, CA 90813
Mon-Fri: 8:3 -10:15 AM
Mon-Fri: 1:00 – 3:15 PM

The CARE Center
(call ahead to schedule a visit)
Elm Ave. Suite 300 Long Beach, CA 90813
Mon-Fri: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

AHF – Out of the Closet
(call ahead to schedule a visit)
3500 E Pacific Coast Hwy Long Beach, CA 90804
Mon-Wed – Fri: 8:30 am-5:00 pm

Preventative Care- PEP & PrEP

PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) means taking antiretroviral medicines (ART) after being potentially exposed to HIV to prevent becoming infected. PEP should be used only in emergency situations and must be started within 72 hours after recent possible exposure to HIV. If you think you’ve recently been exposed to HIV during sex or through sharing needles and works to prepare drugs or if you’ve been sexually assaulted, talk to your health care provider or an emergency room doctor about PEP right away.

Looking for PrEP in Long Beach?

Here are some locations near the Center that can help:

Long Beach Department of Health
2525 Grand Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90815
The CARE Program
1043 Elm Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90813
APLA Health Long Beach
1043 Elm Ave. Suite 302
Long Beach, CA 90813

If you have any questions or for more information about PEP or starting PrEP, please call us at The Center at (562) 434-4455  or email: [email protected]

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