Rapid HIV Testing

Rapid HIV Testing

During the academic year, The University Students’ Council provides free anonymous Rapid HIV Testing for all students. This service is offered on an anonymous appointment basis. In order to book an appointment or for more information, please email usc.hiv.testing@uwo.ca

The testing is offered & facilitated by the Options Clinic of London.

Unfortunately, Options London does not run a clinic at UWO in the summer, but will continue to do so in September. For more information you can contact them at 519.673.4427. Alternatively, you can go to their downtown clinics at the following locations and times:

  1. Youth Action Centre
    141 Dundas Street (Lower Level)
    Second and Fourth Monday of the month, 3 -5 p.m.

  2. Regional HIV/AIDS Connection
    #30 – 186 King Street
    First and Third Monday of the month, 3-5 p.m.

  3. Central Spa (Bathhouse - Male Testing Only)
    728 York Street
    Mondays – 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
    Thursdays – 6 – 9 p.m.

Additionally, the Middlesex London Health Unit offers an STI Clinic Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-7PM (registration starting at 4:30) and Fridays from 8:30-10:30AM. This results take one week, but the services are free and anonymous. Their clinic is located at 50 King Street, located next to the John Labatt Center.

What is Rapid HIV Testing?
Rapid HIV Testing differs from the regular HIV Testing because it does not require full blood work – the test merely requires a drop of blood from a finger. Regular blood work may require a wait time of up to three weeks for results – Rapid HIV Testing can determine results within minutes.

Rapid HIV Testing has been approved by Health Canada, having the same sensitivity, specificity, and performance characteristics for HIV Screening as HIV screening methods used in approved HIV testing laboratories.

Rapid HIV Testing is designed for single use and screens one specimen of whole blood for HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibodies.

These tests are 99.5% accurate, showing only a 0.5% margin of error. It is most accurate when performed 3-6 months after HIV-risky behaviour.

How is it anonymous?
Anonymous testing means that any individual can be tested without providing any personal information, aside from risk behaviour and sex or gender of sexual partners. No names need to be given – if asked for a name, an individual can give an artificial name or request not to give a name, at which point an appointment time and location will simply be given.

Any names or information given about partners or needle-users will not be released, and will remain confidential.

Is it free?
The Rapid HIV Testing clinics that will be hosted in the UCC are free of cost – you do not need a health plan or nor a health card.

How long does it take?
Rapid HIV Testing is a 20-30 minute process:

   Step 1: (10-20 mins)
Pre-test counseling – this is required to asses risk behaviour, reduce anxiety and answer any questions about HIV and the test.

   Step 2: (1 min)
Rapid HIV Testing – the testing itself will draw two drops of blood from a finger to be tested. Results will be available within a minute.

   Step 3: (10-20 mins)
Post-test counseling – this is to help answer any questions should a test result in a positive reaction; however, general questions and concerns can be asked here as well.

For any other questions or concerns, please email usc.campus.issues@uwo.ca.