HIV and Hepatitis C

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Anonymous HIV Testing

The Options Clinic provides you with exactly that – options. We provide testing and social support that is:

Anonymous – no name and no health card. All that is linked to you is your year of birth and a six digit testing number. We are one of 50 anonymous testing services in Ontario, but the only one in London, operating multiple testing sites across the city.

Free – there is no charge to book an appointment for testing

Rapid – Many people getting tested will receive a rapid test that provides 99.97% accurate results in 20 minutes. Others receive a traditional blood-draw test and get their results within a week. Right now, those who qualify for a rapid test include: men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, high risk women, Black, African and Caribbean Canadians, and Aboriginal peoples.

Judgment free, hassle free – getting tested is respectable and responsible. Less than 1% of tests are positive, but it’s important to be proactive about your health and to know your HIV status. If a test is positive, we provide you with the resources you need, ensuring you have control of your health care moving forward.

Two of our team members talk about the importance of getting tested in this 3 minute video:

Typically, a session lasts 30 minutes and includes pre and post test risk assessment or counseling if requested.  Testing is ideally performed 12 weeks following potential exposure to the HIV virus, but can be done as early as 5 weeks. Options Clinic staff provide information on future care options and available services and supports to those who access our services. We will also try to help HIV positive clients find primary care physicians and make referrals to AIDS service organizations like Regional HIV/AIDS Connection or Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy (OAHAS).

Testing is done by appointment only, but our hours of operation are flexible and include evenings:

Regular clinic hours (659 Dundas St.):

  • Mon, Tue, Fri 9 am  to 5pm
  • Wed 9am to 9pm (last appointment booked for 7:30pm)
  • Thurs 10:30am to 5pm

Please call or drop-in to discuss your needs, or to make an appointment (519) 673-4427

While Options Clinic staff do not provide personal health care advice or information by email. For more information about the service provided by the Options Clinic contact the Options Coordinator Richard at 519-660-0875 ex 238 or e-mail.

Please note: We do not subscribe to Caller ID or Call Display and have no other service that allows us to track where you are calling from.

Want to see a rapid test before coming in? Watch this Options Clinic Interview on Rogers TV (click here), or watch Dot Jones of Glee getting her rapid test to learn how easy it really is!

The Options Clinic offers HIV testing at a number of locations around the city:

Regional HIV/AIDS Connection #30 – 186 King Street (519) 434-1601 Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-4 p.m. (drop in) *please note the tests at RHAC are blood drawn, not rapid tests

Central Spa (Bathhouse) – MSM only (men who have sex with men) 728 York Street (519) 438-2625 Mondays 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (drop-in)

We want to provide you with as much information as possible so you can make informed decision about how you want to be tested. In Ontario, there are three types of HIV testing available:

  • Anonymous – the name or identity of the person being tested is not requested, recorded or reported. The test is ordered using a code known only to the person being tested.
  • Non-nominal – the practitioner ordering the test knows the name or identity of the person being tested, but orders the test using a code. If the test is positive, the laboratory is required to report the result to the local medical officer of health.
  • Nominal testing – the practitioner orders the test using the person’s name. If the test is positive, the laboratory is required to report the result to the local medical officer of health.

You may also find the following resources helpful:

The Body: http://www.thebody.com/

CATIE: http://www.catie.ca/

Ontario Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Strategy (OAHAS): http://oahas.org/

Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC): http://www.hivaidsconnection.ca/

Ontario Ministry of Health: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/hivaids/hiv_testing.aspx

 

Hepatitis C Care Team

The Regional HIV/AIDS Connection and the London InterCommunity Health Centre are partnering to provide hepatitis C care. This program is for individuals who are at risk for living with Hepatitis C at all stages of the disease.

We are specifically funded to provide Hepatitis C testing, treatment and supports to people that qualify under the Hepatitis C Secretariat priority population guidelines. The priority population guidelines include:

  • People who use drugs
  • People involved with the correctional system
  • People who are homeless or under-housed
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • Street-involved Youth

Our Team

The Hepatitis C Care Team works in partnership with other health and social service providers to ensure clients are supported in all aspects of life – physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual. Our core team consists of:

  • Nurses
  • Infection Disease Specialists
  • Social Workers
  • Support Workers

Our Services

Screening/Diagnosis: We start with a blood test to  check for exposure to the Hepatitis C virus. If this is positive, it means you have been exposed to the virus and need a second blood test.

The second blood test (RNA test) is to determine if the virus is still present in your blood. These tests can determine how your liver is functioning.

Care and Treatment: We make an appointment with a Nurse, Infectious Disease Specialist and Social Worker for treatment work up, medication and assistance with managing symptoms related to Hepatitis C infection. Treatment normally lasts anywhere from 8-24 weeks.

Support: We provide you assistance with:

  • Psychosocial support
  • Service coordination to address the social determinants of health
  • Education and information
  • Referrals to other health and social services
  • Advocacy

How to Get Help

Referrals can be made by telephone, general referral letter or by self-referral (2017 HCCT Client Referral Form)

Telephone calls or faxes should be directed to:

 Hepatitis C Care Team at 519.660.0874 or fax 519.642.1532.

Should you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact us.