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RAPID HIV TESTING

RAPID HIV TESTING FOR GAY MEN

FAST, FREE AND CONFIDENTIAL!

Rapid HIV Testing is currently available at numerous sites in ACT, NSW, Queensland and Victoria. More sites are likely to become available in these and other states and territories so if there is not currently a site near you, it is worth checking from time to time.

In some locations you can drop in if you’re in the neighbourhood but it’s usually best to make an appointment – to make sure they’re going to be open (not all operate during regular business hours) and to check they’re able to fit you in on a particular day.

About HIV Rapid Testing

There are two different types of HIV rapid tests. One collects oral fluids, the other involves a fingerprick. Both are very efficient at detecting HIV antibodies which are present if you have HIV.

Rapid testing identifies a small percentage of false positive results (suggesting you have HIV when you do not) so all HIV-positive rapid test results are considered preliminary. Additional to your rapid test, you will usually be given a blood test which will be sent to the laboratory to confirm or overrule the initial result. You will always be given a blood test to confirm results if your rapid HIV tests suggests you are HIV-positive. The results of the lab test will be available within a week.

Like laboratory based HIV tests, rapid HIV tests have a window period. The window period is the period between the onset of HIV infection and the appearance of detectable antibodies to the virus. Whilst most people will produce antibodies to HIV in around six weeks from infection, the window period for rapid tests is three months. This means that if you have had a recent exposure to HIV, the rapid test may not detect an infection.

For more information on Rapid HIV Testing, go to the all about HIV testing section of this site.

What Are The Possible Results Of A Rapid Test?

There are three types of results that you could get from a Rapid HIV test:

  • Non-reactive – HIV antibodies were not detected in the sample. It’s important to note that people in the “window period” might also receive a non-reactive result.
  • Reactive – HIV antibodies were detected in the sample. This result needs to be confirmed with laboratory based blood testing. As rapid HIV tests are very sensitive, a reactive response can be triggered by a number of things that are not HIV related. If a reactive response occurs, there is a small chance that this reactive response is a false response (not related to HIV).
  • Invalid – There is a small possibility that the rapid test may show an invalid response. This result is not an indication of a person’s HIV status. In this situation a person will be offered a repeat rapid test.

Where Can I Get a Test?

Rapid Testing is currently available only in ACT, NSW, Queensland and Victoria.

ACT

Interchange General Practice
Level 3, 28 University Ave
Canberra City ACT 2601
Phone: 02 6247 5742

New South Wales

Sydney

Albion Street Centre
150-154 Albion Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: 02 9332 9611

a[TEST] ACON
414 Elizabeth St
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: 02 9206 2000
Wednesday and Thursday evenings

a[TEST] Newtown
222 King St (Level 1)
Newtown NSW 2042
Phone: 02 9557 9399
Tuesday evenings

Campbelltown Sexual Health Clinic
Rosemeadow Community Health Centre
5 Thomas Rose Dr
Rosemeadow NSW 2560
Phone: 02 4633 4100

Clinic 16
Royal North Shore Hospital
Level 5, RNS Community Health Building
2c Herbert Street
St Leonards NSW 2065
Phone: 02 9462 9500

Immunology and Ambulatory Care Clinic (IBAC)
St Vincents Hospital
Level 4, Xavier Building, 390 Victoria Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Phone: 02 8382 2576

Liverpool Sexual Health Clinic
Bigge Park Centre
Corner of Elizabeth and Bigge Streets
Liverpool NSW 2170
Phone: 02 9827 8022

Sydney Sexual Health Centre
Sydney Hospital, Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 93827440

East Sydney Doctors
102 Burton Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Phone: 02 9332 2531

Nepean Sexual Health Clinic
Court Building, Nepean Hospital, Derby St
Kingswood NSW 2747
Phone: 02 4734 2507

RPA Sexual Health Clinic
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
16 Marsden Street
Camperdown NSW 2050
Phone: 02 9515 1200

Taylor Square Private Clinic
393 Bourke Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Phone: 02 9331 6151

Western Sydney Sexual Health Centre
Level 1, Jeffrey House
162 Marsden Street
Parramatta NSW 2150
Phone: 02 9843 3124

Regional NSW

ACON HUNTER
129 Maitland Road
Islington NSW 2296
Phone: 02 4962 7700

Newcastle Sexual Health Service
Level 2, 670 Hunter Street
Newcastle NSW 2302
Phone: 02 4016 4536

Lismore Sexual Health Service
Lismore Base Hospital
4 Shepherd Lane
Lismore NSW 2480
Phone: 02 9515 1200

Queensland

Brisbane

Biala – Brisbane Sexual Health Centre
Floor 1 / 270 Roma Street
Brisbane Qld 4000
Phone: 07 3837 5611

Central Brunswick Medical Centre
16/421 Brunswick Street
Fortitude Valley QLD 4006 ‎
Phone: (07) 3852 2733

Gladstone Road Medical Centre
38 Gladstone Road
Highgate Hill QLD 4101
Phone: (07) 3844 9599
Online booking: www.grmc.com.au

Princess Alexandra Sexual Health (PASH)
Ipswich Road,
Woolloongabba Qld 4102
Phone: 07 3176 5881

Testing Point
Healthy Communities
30 Helen Street
Teneriffe Qld 4005
Phone: 07 3017 1733

Regional Queensland

Bundaberg, Q Clinic, Wide Bay Sexual Health
312 Bourbong Street, Margaret Rose Building
Bundaberg Qld 4670
Phone: 07 4150 2754

Cairns Sexual Health Service
Cairns North Community Health Precinct
381 Sheridan St (across from Tobruk Pool)
Cairns Qld 4870
Phone: 07 4226 4769

Gold Coast Sexual Health Service – Miami
2019 Gold Coast Hwy
Miami Qld 4220
Phone: 07 5576 9033

S.H.op101 – Ipswich Sexual Health Service
Ipswich Health Plaza, 21 Bell Street
Ipswich Qld 4305
Phone: 07 3817 2428

Mackay Sexual Health and Sexual Assault Service
12 – 14 Nelson Street, Community Health Centre
Mackay Qld 4740
Phone: 07 4968 3919

Mt Isa Sexual Health Services
Doreen St Clinic
Mt Isa Qld 4825
Phone: 07 4744 4805

Sunshine Coast
Clinic 87 – Sunshine Coast-Wide Bay Sexual Health & HIV Service
First Floor, 80-82 Blackall Terrace
Nambour Qld 4560
Phone: 07 5470 5244

Rockhampton Sexual Health and HIV Service
92 Bolsover Street
Rockhampton Qld 4700
Phone: 07 4932 5440

Toowoomba
Kobi House,Toowoomba Health Services
Kobi House, Pechey Street
Toowoomba Qld 4350
Phone: 07 4616 6446

Townsville Sexual Health Services
35 Gregory Street
North Ward Qld 4810
Phone: 07 4778 9600

Victoria

Melbourne

PRONTO!
175 Rose Street
Fitzroy Vic 3065
Phone: 03 9416 2889

Prahran Market Clinic
Pran Central Shopping Centre
Mezzanine Level, 325 Chapel Street
Prahran Vic 3181
Phone: 03 9514 0888
Hours: Wednesday 8:30 am – 6:00 pm

ERA Health (Dr Forgan-Smith)
563 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: (03) 9944 6200

Bendigo
Primary Care Centre
123 Arnold St
Bendigo Vic 3550
Phone: 03 5441 8622