The Options Clinic provides you with exactly that – options. We provide testing and social support.
The Options Clinic is now offering free, anonymous, rapid testing by appointment. Entry to the Health Centre will involve an anonymous COVID-19 screening, and we are asking all those entering our clinic to please wear a mask if possible.
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. To book an appointment call (519) 673-4427, text Richard (226) 235-1247 or text Vimbayi (519) 521-0211. Texts and voicemails are replied to Monday to Friday from 9am – 5pm. Also follow us on Twitter @OptionsLIHC and Instagram @optionstesting.
Have you ever had an anonymous, rapid, HIV test at our Options Clinic? We are looking for your valuable feedback to improve our client experience. Please take a few moments to complete our survey. It shouldn’t take longer than 5 minutes. Thanks!
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
London InterCommunity Health Centre – 659 Dundas St. (519) 673-4427
- Mon, Tue, Fri 9am to 4pm
- Wed 9am to 4pm
- Thurs 10:30am to 4pm
Regional HIV/AIDS Connection – #30 – 186 King Street (519) 434-1601 Thursdays 1:30-3:30 pm
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.
Options Clinic – Hep C Testing
Options Clinic is also able to offer rapid hepatitis C testing! Hepatitis C is a virus that injures the liver. Also just a finger poke, this test detects hepatitis C antibodies, to determine if you have been exposed to hepatitis C. This test is not a diagnosis, and a reactive result would need a follow up standard blood draw test to determine if you have an active hepatitis C infection. This test takes about 15 minutes to yield a conclusive result, and it is NOT anonymous. It does require you provide your name, and health card number if possible. For more information on what hepatitis C is, and how it is transmitted, please click the link below:
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