The Options Clinic provides you with exactly that – options. We provide testing and social support.
Anonymous HIV Testing
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. 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. To book an appointment call (519) 673-4427 or text (226) 235-1247. We will respond to you Monday to Friday within 24 hours. Also follow us on Twitter @OptionsLIHC and Instagram @optionstesting.
Rapid HIV Testing
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.
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!
Free HIV Testing
There is no charge to book an appointment for testing or for the test itself. Every appointment is judgment free and 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.
HIV Testing Locations
*All locations offer the rapid finger prick test!*
London InterCommunity Health Centre – 659 Dundas St. (519) 673-4427
- Mon, Tue, Fri 9am to 4:30pm
- Wed 9am to 5pm (evening tests available by appointment)
- Thurs 10:30am to 4:30pm
Anova (24 Hour Emergency Women’s Shelter) – 101 Wellington Road 1st Tuesday of the month and 450 Clarke Road 2nd Tuesday of the month 10 am – 12 noon
Central Spa (Bathhouse) – MSM only (men who have sex with men) – 722 York Street (519) 438-2625 Mondays 11:30 am – 1 pm
Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre – 550 Hamilton Road 3rd Friday of the month 12:30-2 pm
My Sister’s Place – 566 Dundas Street 3rd Thursday of the month 1-3 pm
Regional HIV/AIDS Connection – #30 – 186 King Street (519) 434-1601 Tuesdays 1:30-3:30 pm
Salvation Army Centre of Hope – 281 Wellington Street 2nd Wednesday of the month 1:30-3 pm
Unity Project – 717 Dundas Street 2nd Friday of the month 10-11:30 am
Types of HIV Testing
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.
Oral pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, is a way for an HIV-negative person who is at risk of HIV infection to reduce their risk of getting HIV by taking antiretroviral drugs. Click here to learn more.
You may also find the following resources helpful:
To learn more about testing as a gay, bisexual or queer male check out the video from thesexyouwant.ca (Warning this video contains graphic language and images around sex. Viewer discretion is advised).
If you’re not familiar with it, check out this great website! A wonderful resource for connecting members of the local LGBTQ community. Events, opportunities, and lots of spots for connecting with your community.” www.queerevents.ca