The AIDS Network offer’s couples HIV testing on the last Tuesday of every month from 1:00pm – 4:00pm in our office at 140 King St E unit 101 (lower level).
Some Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. What is Couples HIV Testing?
A. Couples HIV Testing is a way for you and your partner(s) to get tested for HIV and to get your test results together. This can start a conversation between you and your partner(s) about HIV, and can help you talk openly about your next steps as a sexually active couple. Counselling topics include relationship rules about safer sex, drug use, and sex with other partners.
Q. Who is Couples HIV Testing for?
A. Couples HIV Testing is for yourself and your partner(s) who are in a sexual relationship, or else planning to have sex. You will need to commit to discussing HIV risk and concerns together, commit to receive your results together, commit to shared confidentiality of results and personal health information shared during counselling, and commit to making HIV disclosure decisions together – that is to make decisions together about sharing your test results.
Q. What kind of HIV test is it?
A. Couples HIV Testing uses the rapid Point of Care test, where you receive your results during the same visit.
Q. What if one or both of us test positive?
A. As with other testing sites, the counsellor will ask to take a blood sample to confirm your result through another test at the Ontario Public Health laboratory. The counsellor will then have a private session with each individual who has tested positive to discuss options for notifying past partners.
Q. Do I have to disclose previous sex parters or sex I have had outside of our relationship?
A. No. Unlike other HIV tests you may have taken where the nurse asks about previous sexual activity, Couples HIV Testing focuses exclusively on the present and future.
Q. I am HIV positive but I have not told my partner. Can we get Couples HIV Testing?
A. Absolutely! Couples HIV Testing can give you a chance to share your HIV status with the help of a counsellor. As well, it gives your partner(s) a chance to be tested. It can start a healthy discussion between you about how to manage the realities of HIV in your relationship.
Q. We don’t consider ourselves a couple, we are having sex, should we consider Couples HIV Testing?
A. Yes, some couples chose to get tested together before having sex or early in their relationship. If you are having sex or thinking about having sex, you can get Couples HIV Testing.
For more information, call 905-528-5894