Getting Tested For HIV

Why get tested for HIV?

When it comes to HIV, what you don’t know CAN hurt you, and others. The sooner you find out whether or not you’re infected, the sooner you can take control.

What do the results mean?

Whether the results are positive or negative, the HIV testing process can lead to healthier lifestyle choices for you and your partner.

What types of HIV tests are out there?

Depending on where you live and your personal circumstances, you may be able to choose from a range of HIV testing options, all discussed here.

Where to go for testing?

Many different places throughout Canada provide low or no cost HIV testing. Find the medical clinic nearest you.

Quick tips

Be prepared. When you go to your doctor appointment, write down your medical history (diseases you may have had in the past, surgeries, allergies), a list of your medications, and any questions or symptoms you may be experiencing. Take notes or bring a friend (you might be nervous or forget).
HIV facts

You can have HIV for 10 years and not display any symptoms. Just because you don’t feel sick, doesn’t mean you’re not sick.