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.
Regular clinic hours (659 Dundas St.):
- Mon, Tue, Fri 9am to 4:30pm
- Wed 9am to 9pm (last appointment booked for 7:30pm)
- Thurs 10:30am to 4:30pm
Please call or drop-in to discuss your needs, or to make an appointment (519) 673-4427
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 Mondays and Tuesdays, 1-4 p.m. (drop in)
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.
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