Types of Testing
When it comes to testing for HIV, you have options. Two types of HIV testing are available:
- Anonymous Testing. An anonymous test doesn't require your name or health card. The test is ordered using a six digit code instead of your name. Typically, anonymous tests are also rapid tests, which are done on-site by sampling blood from a quick finger prick. You receive the results in about 20 minutes.
- Confidential Testing. A confidential test, like the one you would get at a heath unit or doctor's office, uses your name and usually involves a standard blood draw. The results take longer to come back than rapid test results because they are sent to a lab.
You can get tested at an anonymous testing clinic, a local health unit or a family doctor's office. Explore the options near you below.
Anonymous Testing Near You
London Intercommunity Health Centre's Options Clinic provides free and anonymous HIV testing at several locations in London. To book an appointment call (519) 673-4427 or text Richard (226) 235-1247 or Destini (519) 719-4448. They will respond to you within 24 hours from Monday to Friday.
Options Clinic - London Intercommunity Health Centre
659 Dundas St.
Monday/ Tuesday/ Friday: 9am - 4:30pm
Wednesday: 9am - 5pm (evening tests by appointment)
Thursday: 10:30am - 4:30pm
Options Clinic Satellite Locations
- Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (Click here for testing hours)
- Central Spa Bathhouse
- Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre
- My Sister's Place
- Salvation Army Centre of Hope
- Unity Project
For more information, visit Options Clinic.
Confidential Testing Near You
At Your Local Health Unit
Your local health unit provides HIV testing by sending a blood sample to a lab and the results are given to you within a week. Testing at health units are confidential but not anonymous, meaning that your name is used for the test. You don't need an appointment or a health card.
- Middlesex-London Health Unit.
- Perth District Health Unit.
- Huron County Health Unit.
- Southwestern Public Health.
- Lambton County Community Health Services.
At Your Family Doctor
You can also make a confidential testing appointment with your family doctor for an HIV test.