Testing

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We provide the following services:

  • rapid HIV testing;
  • screening for hepatitis B, C and syphilis for key groups.
Knowledge is power. Learn basic facts about HIV, including how it spreads, how to protect yourself, and how to live an active and full life in the case of a positive HIV test.

Find out more about the process of HIV testing in order to be more confident and forget about doubts or unjustified fears. Testing is free and confidential for everyone, and you will receive the result in 15 minutes.

Knowing your HIV status is the key point when you take care of your health and at the same time protect yourself and your partners from being infected with the virus. Thanks to free HIV testing, provided in the “Test & Treat” clinic in Odesa, as well as in other HIV testing sites that are owned by AHF partner organizations and which are located in many cities throughout Ukraine, the process of testing is easy, convenient, quick, confidential, and free of charge.

You can learn more about testing sites located in other cities at freeHIVtest.org.ua.

Click the buttons below to receive answers to the most common questions:

Why should I get tested?2019-03-08T14:31:26+03:00

Knowing your HIV status is the best way to protect your health and the health of your partner. If you have an HIV-positive status, early initiation of treatment gives you the best chance to live a healthy and long life. Many people who are HIV-positive do not know their status, and could unknowingly infect others. If you are a sexually active person, you should get tested. Testing at our sites is free of charge, quick, easy, and friendly.

How much does HIV testing cost?2019-03-08T14:35:24+03:00

Getting an HIV test is free of charge.

How long will the test take?2019-03-08T14:37:26+03:00

The actual test will take from 15 to 30 minutes depending on the test result. For rapid tests used at our sites only a small drop of blood is needed.
We use an algorithm of testing with a primary (so-called screening) test, and in the case of a positive result, a confirmatory test is performed immediately, also with the use of a rapid test. If you get tested in our clinic, we guarantee that testing will be carried out quickly and qualitatively.

How long will I have to wait for my results?2019-03-08T14:39:43+03:00

You will receive the results of the test within 15 minutes.

Who will give me the test?2019-03-08T14:41:22+03:00

The test will be administered by a trained and certified HIV testing counselor.

Will I have to answer a lot of personal questions?2019-03-08T14:43:18+03:00

We only gather the minimum information necessary to assess your individual needs, which helps us provide you with quality services. We strive to keep the process as simple as possible.

What shall I do, if my test results show that I am HIV-positive?2019-03-08T14:45:37+03:00

If you receive an HIV-positive test result, our counselors will walk you through the next steps. HIV is not fully curable, but it is treatable and the treatments are free of charge and highly effective.
Caring for people living with HIV is our mission. If you receive a positive test result, our qualified staff will be with you to support you at the stage of confirming your HIV diagnosis and initiating the necessary treatment.

How can it be determined whether someone has HIV?2019-03-08T10:58:25+03:00

The only way to find out about your HIV status is to get tested for HIV. There are no other ways to detect HIV infection.

Which methods are used for detecting antibodies to HIV?2019-03-08T11:05:20+03:00
  1. Testing with the use of rapid tests (you receive the result in 15 minutes).
  2. Testing for the detection of antibodies to HIV using standard laboratory methods:
    • enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA);
    • сhemiluminescence immunoassay (CLIA).

Both methods are equally effective and reliable when detecting antibodies to HIV.
In our clinic, you can undergo free and confidential testing for the detection of antibodies to HIV with the use of rapid tests and receive the results in 15 minutes.

What is the reliability of a rapid test for antibodies to HIV?2019-03-08T12:12:29+03:00

Rapid tests are currently as reliable as tests performed in laboratories.

Do I need to make an appointment in order to get tested for HIV?2019-03-08T12:15:26+03:00

No. There is no need to make an appointment.

Do I need to prepare for a rapid HIV test?2019-03-08T13:56:47+03:00

No special preparation is needed when performing testing using a rapid test. Testing with a use of a rapid test does not depend on food intake and time of day.

I had sex without a condom, how soon should I get tested for HIV? When should re-testing be performed?2019-03-08T14:00:20+03:00
  • With the help of these tests we are currently able to detect antibodies to HIV in 9–12 weeks after potential high-risk intercourse. This period of time is called “seroconversion window”, when HIV virus is already in the blood, but there are still no antibodies. During this period, an infected person can already transmit the virus to other people, including during an unprotected sexual intercourse.
  • The result obtained 12 weeks after a high-risk intercourse is final, and in this case there is no need for re-testing.
  • Those who have a high risk of becoming infected with HIV, for example, due to frequent unprotected sexual intercourse or drug injecting, should get tested for HIV at least once every 6–12 months.