Testing

Positive you are not +Positive+?
If you think you may be infected with HIV or hepatitis C, the only way to know for sure is to be tested.
Testing is voluntary and can be anonymous. Your results will remain confidential.

When


HIV
It is recommended that you are tested 6-12 weeks after the possibility of coming into contact with HIV.
The test looks for HIV antibodies and not the actual virus, which means you need to wait until antibodies are made.
Hepatitis C
It is recommended that you are tested 3 – 6 months after the possibility of coming into contact with hepatitis C. The test looks for antibodies, not the actual virus, which take weeks to produce.

It can be frustrating to have to wait to be tested, but you can always learn more about keeping yourself and other safe here.

Where


You can be tested at Positive Living Niagara, your doctor’s office, a sexual health clinic or the health bus.

Click here for all testing locations available in Niagara. 

How


HIV
There are 2 options:
The standard test involves drawing a sample of blood to be tested in a lab for HIV antibodies. It usually takes about two weeks for the test results.
The rapid HIV test involves drawing a small sample of blood from a finger prick, to be tested on site. The entire process, including counseling, takes about 20 minutes.
Hepatitis C
It usually takes two blood tests to tell whether you have hepatitis C. The first test, an antibody test, checks to see if you have ever come in contact with the virus. The second test will check to see if you have a hepatitis C infection right now.