When you arrive for your appointment, you simply complete a registration form and a brief survey on a tablet. This is for your first visit only. Then, take a seat and complete a questionnaire until your test facilitator comes for you. Your test facilitator will provide you with information on rapid HIV and STI testing at PRONTO! Bendigo. They'll then proceed to perform the tests, if appropriate.
While the rapid test is working, your test facilitator will have a conversation with you about your risk for HIV, syphilis, and other sexually transmitted infections. You’ll get the result of your rapid HIV test after ten minutes and your STI test results within 5-7 days. We aim to make the appointments no longer than 30 minutes. This way, you can be in and out in a flash!
The team works very closely with the male nurse practitioner at Bendigo Community Health Services. If you need STI treatment or have symptoms, we can book you in on the night to see him. Follow up for positive results will be completed by the nurse practitioner in consultation with the peer test facilitator.