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Important COVID-19 Information

As of 28 July, a[TEST] will be temporarily reducing service as a response to recent updates relating to COVID-19.

a[TEST] Oxford Street will be operating on standard hours from Monday to Friday with appointments from 11:00am to 6:15pm. To maximise social distancing while providing important access to HIV/STI testing, a[TEST] Oxford Street will only offer booked appointments and walk ins will not be available. Please wear a mask and sign in using the QR code upon entering a[TEST] before your appointment.

a[TEST] Surry Hills, a[TEST] Newtown and a[TEST] Kings Cross will temporarily postpone all activities.

If you have any questions about your sexual health needs please call Sexual Health Info Link 1800 451 624.


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.

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.
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 3:00pm – 7:00pm

KINGS CROSS: 180 Victoria St.
Saturday 1:30pm – 4:30pm

OXFORD ST (Darlinghurst): 167 Oxford St. (wheelchair accessible)
Monday – Friday 11:00am – 6:15pm
Saturday 11:30am – 2:15pm

SURRY HILLS: 414 Elizabeth St. (wheelchair accessible)
Wednesday and Thursday 2:30pm – 6:30pm

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]

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.

Check OUT: LGBTIQ+ Sexual Health Clinic

Check OUT: LGBTIQ+ Sexual Health Clinic provides asymptomatic HIV/STI testing and cervical screening for all LGBTIQ+ (Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, and Queer) people. Sex workers are always welcome.

Our frontline staff are trained members of the LGBTIQ+ community and our nurses are specialists in sexual health. All our services are free with a Medicare card. Check OUT is open on Tuesdays, 12pm-8pm at ACON in Surry Hills. To book online and for more info:

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

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