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Anonymous HIV Testing
We are doing things differently as a result of COVID-19. We now offer Anonymous HIV Testing Appointments, available Monday-Fridays 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Call 613-295-9574 to make an appointment.You will be asked some screening questions for COVID-19 and HIV transmission risk factors over the phone before the appointment is confirmed.
HIV testing for anyone 14 years of age or older at risk of contracting, or believes they may have contracted, HIV/AIDS. No appointments necessary and results are available the same day.
Monday to Friday at the Eccles Branch walk-in clinic
Outreach Hours and Locations:
AIDS Committee of Ottawa. 19 Main Street. 3pm - 5pm. African, Caribbean, Black Health Zone. 221 Nelson Street. 5:30pm - 7pm.
Club Ottawa Bath House. 1069 Wellington Street West. 12pm - 1pm. *Please note this location is only open to those who identify as men*
Every Wednesday from September to April:
University of Ottawa - Health Promotion Office. 85 University Private. University Centre (UCU), Room 203. 10am - 2pm. Book appointments here: https://www.uottawa.ca/
Orleans-Cumberland Community Resource Centre. 240 Centrum Blvd, Unit #105. 4:30pm - 6:30pm.
South Nepean Community Health Centre. 4100 Strandherd Drive. 4:30pm - 6:30pm.
Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre. 2 MacNeil Court. 4:30pm - 6:30pm.
Gay Zone at Centretown Community Health Center. 420 Cooper Street. 5:30pm - 7:30.
For more info | Call 613-295-9574 or read our frequently asked questions (FAQs)
HIV/AIDS in Ontario
Communities who are at most risk of contracting HIV/AIDS in Ontario are:
- Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men
- Ontarians from Africa and the Caribbean
- Indigenous populations (men and women)
- People who inject drugs (men and women)
- Women (trans and cis) who engage in high risk activities with the groups above
Participating in the following activities puts you at a higher risk of contracting HIV/AIDS:
Unprotected vaginal and/or anal intercourse (including condom breakage, dipping and delayed application of condom) with either:
- An HIV positive partner with a detectable viral load; or
- A partner of unknown status (unless both partners have been mutually monogamous for more than 3 months, and have both been tested HIV negative).
- Injection drug and crack use, especially with shared equipment.
Should I get tested?
Yes, if you belong to one of the communities listed above or have engaged in a high risk activity.
When should I get tested?
Following a high risk exposure to HIV, test as soon as possible if you have symptoms (fever, swollen lymph nodes, night sweats, weight loss, rash, oral yeast infection).
If you have no symptoms, get tested 3 weeks after you engaged in the high risk activity. This is recommended because of the window period for HIV testing.
If you have engaged in multiple high risk activities, time your tests based on the date of your most recent high risk encounter.
The “window period” is the time between when a high risk activity occurred (i.e. when you may have been exposed to HIV) and when an HIV test can give an accurate result. This period exists because HIV antibodies must be present in the blood for the test to accurately detect an HIV infection, and these antibodies develop over time. The window period is between 3 weeks to 3 months after engaging in a high risk activity. During the window period, it is possible that you may have been infected with HIV and that the test will give a negative result because it is unable to detect the infection.
AIDS and Sexual Health Infoline for more information regarding STIs and sexual health 1-800-668-2437
AIDS Committee of Ottawa
Canadian HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE)
HIV/AIDS Legal Clinic of Ontario (HALCO)
Important factors when considering HIV and Syphilis Testing video by the Hassle Free Clinic
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Somerset West Community Health Centre's Anonymous HIV Testing program is funded by the AIDS Bureau of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). The MOHLTC provides funding for more than 90 programs and services across Ontario to deliver HIV/AIDS prevention, education and support programs for those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS, and those most at risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS in Ontario.