Book a Test at a[TEST]

Are you a man (cis or trans) who has sex with men?

a[TEST] is Rapid HIV & STI testing for gay men and other men who have sex with men.

For further information on general testing services, please contact Sydney Sexual Health Clinic on (02) 9382 7440 or visit www.sshc.com.au

You can also contact the NSW Sexual Health Infoline on freecall 1800 451 624.

Are you having any symptoms such as discharge, pus, soreness or pain coming from the area of your genitals or arse?

You may have a sexually transmitted infection.

You will need to visit a Sexual Health Centre or GP as they can provide necessary treatment and testing.

a[TEST] does not provide treatment. If you need more information or want to find out where to go, call the Sexual Health Info Link on 1800 451 624. Please avoid any sexual contact until this is managed.

TESTING HAS NEVER BEEN EASIER

Getting tested more often is good for your health, and can help our community end new HIV transmission. Take advantage of a[TEST], a fast, free and confidential rapid HIV and STI testing service for gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men, regardless of HIV status including gender diverse people and anyone with a trans experience.

You can find a[TEST] in four locations across Sydney: Surry Hills, Oxford St (Darlinghurst), Newtown and Kings Cross.

Our peer educators (trained guys from our communities) and nursing staff always provide a friendly, welcoming and professional testing experience, and even better, your entire appointment will only take around 30 minutes, including getting the result of your rapid HIV test.

What can I expect?

When you arrive for your appointment, you simply enter your contact and behavioural details into the electronic kiosk. This information is used to deliver your STI results (you can choose to get your results via phone, SMS, email or regular post).

A peer educator will then provide you with information on rapid HIV testing and perform the test. While you wait for the result, you’ll do a throat swab and provide a urine sample and a bum swab (to check for chlamydia and gonorrhoea). Nursing staff will take some blood to test for syphilis and do a confirmation HIV test.

When the rapid HIV test result is ready, your result will be provided by a nurse or a peer.

The peer educators and nursing staff are able to answer questions or queries you might have about your sexual health and will also be able to help with a referral to other services if required.

Locations and booking hours

NEWTOWN: 222 King St. (wheelchair accessible)
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 4:15pm – 7:15pm
Holiday closure: 20th December 2017 – 7th January 2018.

KINGS CROSS: 180 Victoria St.
Friday 2:00pm – 4:15pm
Saturday 3:30pm – 6:30pm
Holiday closure: 23rd December 2017 – 7th January 2018.

OXFORD ST (Darlinghurst): 167 Oxford St. (wheelchair accessible)
Monday – Friday 11:00am – 6:30pm
Saturday 11:30am – 2:30pm
Holiday closure: 23rd December 2017 – 7th January 2018.

SURRY HILLS: Rapid HIV testing is temporarily unavailable at Surry Hills due to EPIC-NSW study enrolments. (wheelchair accessible)

What to do if I'm showing symptoms of an STI

a[TEST] is an asymptomatic screening service, meaning treatment for STIs is currently not available onsite.

For other available options for HIV and STI testing contact the Sydney Sexual Health Centre on 9382 7440, RPA Sexual Health on 9515 1200 or Clinic 180 on 9357 1299.

What are the signs or symptoms of an STI?

You can acquire an STI without developing any signs or symptoms. However, when you do get symptoms, they can vary depending on the nature of the infection.

The best rule of thumb is that if you notice changes in your body, for example itching or discharge from your cock or arse, you should see a doctor or go to a sexual health clinic to get it checked out.

If the symptoms are clear and obvious, your doctor may choose to treat immediately rather than waiting for test results to come through, which means you recover faster.

Contact a[TEST]

Email: atest@acon.org.au
Phone: 02 9206 2000 (9:00am – 6:00pm Mon-Fri)

If there is not a time or day that suits you, or if you are showing symptoms of an STI, HIV & STI testing are also available at the Sydney Sexual Health CentreRPA Sexual Health Centre and Clinic 180.

If you believe that you have recently (in the last 72 hours) been exposed to HIV, call the PEP Hotline on 1800 737 669 now, you can also find additional info at www.getpep.info.

We’re committed to ending HIV through more frequent testing, and we need you to be too. Book your test now.