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HIV and STI Testing Services

The CARE Center at Dignity Health - St. Mary Medical Center has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign as a LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader.

We offer comprehensive testing, treatment, prevention and more – regardless of ability to pay. Learn more by calling (562) 624-4999

About Sexually Transmitted Infections

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (, dozens of STIs can be spread through sexual contact, including chlamydia, gonorrhea, hepatitis, and syphilis. While some are curable, other STIs like herpes, HIV and HPV are not. Testing is simple, and helps with STI diagnosis, treatment and support. A sexual health status update is an easy step to minimize STI risk. Here’s how to get started.

Testing Services

Visit the CARE Clinic Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm. For after-hours testing concerns, go to the emergency room. From hello to farewell, you are treated with care and kindness, and your testing experience remains private and confidential. STI tests are as easy as throat swabs, urine tests or even a finger stick rapid HIV test. HIV and STI testing is recommended for sexually active individuals, whether the last test was three to six months ago, a year, or longer.

About the CARE Center

CARE is Long Beach’s largest HIV-specialty clinic that has been serving the area since 1986. CARE is a non-profit hospital-based program that is directly funded by federal, state and county grants along with private donations. CARE provides culturally-competent and high-quality care to all people impacted by HIV and associated chronic illnesses. Our team provides specialty medical care, drug assistance, screenings, counseling, dental care, behavioral health, and more.

We’re Moving! All your LGBTQ+ healthcare needs — in one convenient place.

We’ve been hard at work, preparing a place just for you! Whether you need STI testing or treatments, prevention education, prescriptions, dental work, social services, food services, or behavioral health support, we’re here for you. And that’s true, regardless of your ability to pay.

We're moving in August of 2023. Our beautiful new location will still be on the St. Mary Medical Center campus but all of our services will be offered in one convenient setting that has been designed with your comfort and privacy in mind. We offer the same great set of comprehensive services and want to help you live your healthiest, most authentic life possible.

CARE Program
1045 Atlantic Ave, Suite 1016
Long Beach, CA 90813
(562) 624-4900

  • Behavioral/Mental Health
  • Housing Assistance
  • Home-based Care Management
CARE Dental
1027 Linden Avenue, Suite C
Long Beach, CA  90813
(562) 624-4949
  • Two Full-Time Dentists
  • One Dental Hygienist
  • Referrals to Quality Endodontists     
CARE Clinic
1043 Elm Avenue, Suite 300
Long Beach, CA  90813
(562) 624-4999
  • Infectious Disease Care
  • Hepatitis C Screening and Treatment
  • HIV Screening and Treatment
  • HIV Prevention Services (PrEP & PEP or call (562) 624-4999)
  • Psychiatric Care
  • Case Management
  • Health Benefits Enrollment (including ADAP and Covered California)
  • Food & Nutrition Services

Learn More About Testing Services

Update your sexual health status today. Call (562) 624-4999.

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