HIV Testing

Pre- and Post-test Counselling

There are a few things you need to know before taking an HIV test. Screening tests are over 99.5% accurate, but the testing options and methods are different depending on the testing location. Regardless of the option and method available at your location, you should receive both pre and post-test counselling. The goal of pre- and post-test counselling is to provide information about HIV testing, prevention and services that will help someone assess their risk, make an informed decision to be tested, learn how to take precautions to protect themselves and others from exposure or re-exposure to the virus, and find out where to go for additional information or support.

Testing Locations: Windsor-Essex & Chatham-Kent

West Windsor Urgent Care

2055 Huron Church Rd

Daily hours may vary

(519) 255-9185

Book an appointment online

TMC Clinc

13278 Tecumseh Road East

Daily hours may vary

(519) 979-5260

Book an appointment online

WeCHC Street Health

711 Pelissier Street

Monday – Friday

(519) 997-2824

By appointment ONLY

West Windsor Urgent Care

2055 Huron Church Rd

Daily hours may vary

(519) 255-9185

Book an appointment online

Chatham-Kent Public Health

177 King Street East, Suite 2

Monday – Friday

8:30am – 4:30pm

(519) 355-1071

Important Notice

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit (Sexual Health Clinic) & The HIV Care Program

have both postponed HIV & Other STBBI testing at this time

The above locations are just a few of the many places in Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent where you can receive a free HIV test. For more information contact one of the above locations, talk to your family doctor, or go to your closest community clinic.

Testing Options:

Anonymous HIV Testing

The name or identity of the person being tested is not requested, recorded or reported. The test is ordered using a code known only to the person being tested. Although anonymous HIV testing sites do not ask for clients’ names, they do ask for information about the person’s age, gender and risk factors that is used to help researchers better understand how and why HIV is spreading in Ontario.

 

Nominal and Non-Nominal HIV Testing:

The test is completed using your name (nominal testing) or using a code (non-nominal testing) that can link back to the tester.

Methods

Standard HIV Antibody Blood Testing

Standard HIV testing is done by taking a blood sample and sending it to the public health laboratory. It can take up to two weeks to get the results, and you have to return to your healthcare provider or clinic to receive the results.

 

Blood Sample Taken

Sent to Lab

Wait for Results

Return for Results

Point of Care HIV Testing

Point of care testing is done by pricking your finger and testing your blood while you wait. If you test negative – you receive your results immediately. If you test reactive – the clinic will take a blood sample and send it to the public health laboratory for standard testing. It can take up to two weeks to get the final results and you will have to return to the clinic to get your results.

If you have concerns regarding who can have access to your tests results, it is important to ask your testing location about their privacy policies and whom they are required to report a positive result to.

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