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HIV Testing

HIV Testing

In Ontario, there are different ways of getting tested for HIV infection:
Nominal HIV Testing: means you are tested using your own name. If your nominal test is positive for HIV, the testing laboratory will report your HIV infection, your name, date of birth, gender, and contact information to Public Health.
Anonymous HIV Testing: means you are tested without having to give your name or personal information. If your anonymous HIV test is positive, you will be referred to a doctor for treatment. Before treating your HIV, the doctor will probably require you to take a nominal HIV test. If the result of this nominal test is positive, the lab will report your name and personal information to Public Health.
Rapid Point of Care (POC) HIV testing: Most anonymous test sites use the "rapid HIV test", also known as "point of care" test (POC test). The rapid test requires a drop of blood from a finger prick, and the test result is available in a few minutes.

Pre- and Post-HIV Test Counselling:
Best Practice Guidelines for HIV Pre and Post Test Counselling (BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS)
Guidelines for HIV Counselling and Testing (Ministry of Health and Long-term Care )
HIV testing Guidelines (Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network)

Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO): HIV Testing in Ontario

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