To provide fast, efficient testing services, comprehensive health education, and holistic support to individuals affected by HIV/AIDS in the Central Shenandoah Valley.


The Valley AIDS Network, also known as VAN, was founded in June 1989. VAN is a non-profit organization funded primarily through two major federal grants: the Ryan White program and the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program.

Since 2005, VAN has been a partner agency of the Institute for Innovation in Health and Human Services (IIHHS) at James Madison University.  The partnership promotes greater access and collaboration with a variety of local agencies and organizations specializing in education, health, and human services.


VAN’s operating area includes:

  • Harrisonburg and Rockingham County;
  • Augusta County, including Staunton and Waynesboro;
  • Rockbridge County, including Lexington and Buena Vista;
  •  Bath, Highland, Southern Shenandoah, and Western Page counties.


The staff of VAN is always available to answer questions you may have regarding services for people living with HIV/AIDS;  You do not have to be a client in order to get your questions answered!  If we are unable to answer your question, we will connect you with someone who can.

To be a client of VAN you must provide proof of meeting these eligibility requirements:

  • You have an HIV-positive diagnosis;
  • Your established income is within 400% of the Federal Poverty Level;
  • You live within VAN’s service area.