There are tow ways to have an HIV test at Public Health Clinic Services.
#1. Standard HIV antibody blood test
We take a tube of blood from your vein and send it to the Public Health Laboratory. Results are available in approximately 7-10 days. The nurse will discuss with you how you can receive your results.
#2. Rapid HIV point of care (POC) screening test
This test is a screening test only, and is done by a finger-pick blood sample. The test is done in the clinic. Results are ready in a few minutes. The test is accurate. However, a reactive test must be confirmed by the laboratory. Therefore, blood may still need to be drawn from your vein.
There are also two options for testing
#1. ANONYMOUS TESTING uses a number code on the lab slip and on your file, not your name. This means you are the only one who can identify your test result. Even if you test positive, your name can't be reported. And since your health card is NOT needed for testing, the lab can't identify who you are. Anonymous testing is only done by certain clinics. Your family physician does not do anonymous HIV testing.
You must make an appointment for anonymous HIV testing.
Sites for Anonymous Testing:
Chatham Kent Public Health Unit 519.355.1071
Options Clinic (London) – 1.519.673.4427
Windsor HIV Care Clinic – 1.519.254.6115
For other locations, call the AIDS & Sexual Health Info line 1.800.668.2437.
#2. NOMINAL TESTING uses your name, and health card number, just like any other medical testing. Many family physicians use this method.
Deciding to have an HIV test is not easy and waiting for your result can be even more difficult. If you are not sure what test you would prefer, you can discuss it with the nurse during your appointment.
Our Sexual Health Information Line is confidential, and anonymous. Our Public Health Nurses can answer your questions and help you make an appointment at the clinic.