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Understanding HIV and testing is key to maintaining your sexual health.

HIV tests look for HIV antibodies and antigens in the blood. Antibodies and antigens are produced after exposure to HIV infection, and a blood test can detect them in most people after six weeks from the point of exposure. The rapid HIV test used by PRONTO! (our Rapid HIV Test service) tests for antibodies and can only detect them after 12 weeks from the point of exposure. This delay between exposure and the production of antibodies and antigens is known as the "Window Period."

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How to HIV Test
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Rapid HIV Test

Rapid HIV testing is available at all of our clinics. A quick finger-prick will draw some blood, and a result will be available 20 minutes later. The window period for a rapid HIV test must be 12 weeks post-exposure.

Conventional Blood Test

Conventional blood testing involves blood being taken from a vein in your arm, which is then sent to a laboratory for testing – you may have to wait up to one week to get your result. To get a result that covers any event where you may have risked being exposed to HIV, we advise that you wait a minimum of 6 weeks before you have a conventional blood test.

HIV Self Test

An HIV self test is a finger-prick blood test that you can do yourself at home. It produces results within `15 minutes and doesn't need to be sent to a laboratory. HIV self test kits are simple to use and come with clear instructions. You can find Atomo HIV Self Test kits online or search for an HIV test kit stockist near you by using Emen8's interactive map.

HIV Test Services in Melbourne
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The Centre Clinic is our LGBTIQ+ community general practice offering confidential and medicare bulk-billed HIV and STI testing, For more info on the Centre Clinic click here or phone (03) 9525 5866.

We also provide free, confidential rapid HIV testing for gay men and other men who have sex with men at PRONTO!, conveniently co-located with Equinox at Thorne Harbour's site at 200 Hoddle Street in Abbotsford.

Plus, PRONTO! now offers bulk-billed STI testing in addition to rapid HIV testing.

For more info or to schedule an appointment, click here or call (03) 9416 2889.

It is a good idea to get tested for other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) at the same time as having an HIV test. Most people with an STI show no symptoms.

You cannot be tested for HIV without your permission.

HIV Testing and Counselling
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If your initial test is positive for HIV antibodies, you must then get a second test to confirm that the first one was accurate.

This is the case whether you have had a rapid test or a conventional blood test and is standard practice. The rate of false positive results is very low. Once your diagnosis is confirmed your Doctor will discuss with you the way forward.

Support and information for people newly diagnosed with HIV or who have been living with the infection for some time is available from the following VAC/GMHC services:

Support is also available from:


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