Get Tested

Testing is free for everyone (even if you’re not a permanent resident of Canada).

Why Get Tested?

The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested. A lot of people feel nervous about it, but the reasons to test far outweigh the reasons not to test. We look at the main reasons why you should get tested.

It’s quick and easy

Getting an HIV test is quick, easy and free. It’s also the only way to know for sure whether or not you have been infected and involves a quick blood test.

It’s better to know

It’s normal to feel worried about HIV. But why let yourself fear the unknown? Testing early for HIV can help put your mind at ease and reduce the anxiety of not knowing. Whether your result is negative, or positive, it’s always better to know so that you can move on with your life, or start treatment if necessary. And remember, your result may not be what you expect.

 It can help you live a long and healthy life

If you do have HIV, being diagnosed at an early stage means that you have a better chance of living a long and healthy life. HIV attacks your immune system. If you’re diagnosed early, you have a greater chance of protecting your immune system before it gets too weak and you get ill.  With the right treatment and care, people living with HIV can expect to live as long as the average person, so it’s important to take control of your health by getting a test.

It means you can access treatment

Being diagnosed early also means you can get treatment earlier and help protect your current and future sexual partners. HIV treatment, called antiretroviral drugs, help to lower the levels of HIV in your body, meaning HIV cannot attack your immune system. Testing for HIV means that you can access treatment earlier – this will help you live a long and healthy life.

It supports healthy sexual relationships

Testing for HIV regularly means that you can look after the sexual health of you and your partner. If you’re positive, you can prevent HIV from being transmitted to your partner by using condoms and by being on treatment.

Knowing your status is the first step in protecting yourself and your partner.  Getting tested for HIV is quick, easy and available near you. Testing is the only way to know for sure if you have HIV.


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How Often Should you test?

Every person is different because it depends on the type of sex they’re having. If you’re someone who is more at risk, you should test every 3 months. If you’re someone who is less at risk, you should test every 12 months. 

You should get tested if you’ve:

Find out more about how often you should test at

Where Can You Get Tested

There are testing clinics all across our region that offer free testing for HIV and other STIs (even if you don’t have a health card or family doctor). The hours are different depending on which clinic you go to and some are drop-in while others require appointments. Another option is to talk to your family doctor about your sex life and to ask to have you tested for HIV and other STIs. Not only can your family doctor see the bigger picture of your overall health, but they can help you remember to test regularly.

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Kingston Frontenac Lennox & Addington Public Health

221 Portsmouth Ave
Kingston, ON K7M 1V5
Phone: (613) 549.1234
Fax: (613) 549.7896

KFL&A Public Health offers confidential and non-judgemental sexual health services through our sexual health clinic located at 221 Portsmouth Avenue in Kingston.

Drop-in clinics take place Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., excluding statutory holidays. No appointment is required.

Services include:

  • Counselling and testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.
  • Treatment of some common STIs.
  • Pregnancy testing and low cost emergency contraception (Plan B) for all women.
  • Birth control for women under age 19 years and for women who do not have access to a health care practitioner (e.g., family physician, student health services).

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Hastings & Prince Edward Public Health

Clinic appointments for testing can be arranged at our clinics in Belleville, Trenton, Picton, Madoc and Bancroft as well as our school clinics at Bayside S.S., Centre Hastings S.S., Prince Edward Collegiate Institute and Trenton High. No matter what your age, gender, orientation, everyone is welcome to take care of their STI concerns at our Sexual Health Clinics.

For more information:

Phone: 613-966-5513, ext. 243

Phone: 1-800-267-2803

Check out our website Clinics and Classes for locations and times of our clinics.

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Leeds & Grenville Health Unit

Sexual Health Clinics are offered throughout the region. The main office located in Brockville and other locations are Almonte, Gananoque, Kemptville, Perth & Smiths Falls. Click on the link above for times and contact information.

As well, the Health Action Line, 1-800-660-5853 is a confidential, anonymous, free telephone service. Our Public Health Nurses can answer your questions about sexual health issues or will refer you to a Clinical Services Nurse.

Health Action Line:1-800-660-5853