Book a Test at a[TEST]
Are you a man (cis or trans) who has sex with men?
Are you having any symptoms such as discharge, pus, soreness or pain coming from the area of your genitals or arse?
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
KINGS CROSS: 180 Victoria St.
Friday 2:00pm – 4:15pm
Saturday 3:30pm – 6:30pm
OXFORD ST (Darlinghurst): 167 Oxford St. (wheelchair accessible)
Monday – Friday 11:00am – 6:30pm
Saturday 11:30am – 2:30pm
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
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.
Check OUT: LGBTIQ+ Sexual Health Clinic
Check OUT: LGBTIQ+ Sexual Health Clinic provides asymptomatic STI testing and cervical screening for all LGBTIQ+ people, including lesbian, bisexual and queer women (trans, intersex and cis), and all trans and intersex women, trans and intersex men and non-binary people (of any sexuality). All our frontline staff are trained members of the LGBTIQ+ community and our nurses are specialists in sexual health. Check OUT is open on Tuesdays, 3pm-7pm at ACON in Surry Hills. To book online and for more info: www.checkout.org.au
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.