HIV and STI Testing

PLEASE NOTE:

In response to COVID-19, as of March 16 2020, Region of Waterloo Public Health has closed all offsite sexual health clinics until further notice, including ACCKWA’s. We will update this page accordingly. If you haven’t already, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to stay informed (links at the bottom of this page). Please see below for alternative HIV and STI testing options.

In the meantime, if you are seeking HIV testing specifically, please consider the HIV self-testing program that has recently launched called I’m Ready. It is a national research program through which registered participants, 18 years of age and older, can order up to 3 free HIV self-test kits for delivery or to pick-up at a participation pickup location (like us!) near you. You will need a smart phone and access to wireless internet or data in order download the program’s mobile app so that you can formally register, which involves completing anonymous surveys, and to access the peer navigation support available to you before, during or after you self-test for HIV.

*Please note that this program is not affiliated with ACCKWA – we are simply a distribution site for Waterloo Region and are available to connect you to HIV care and other sexual health services! Call us at 519-570-3687 between 9 am and 6 pm Monday to Fridays for additional support and navigation.

Where can I get tested?

  • ACCKWA’s HealthCare Hub
    • Appointments are between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Thursdays
    • In-office at Kitchener location, with over-the-phone and virtual options
    • Full STI screening available (oral, rectal, urine and blood work) on-site
    • Call 519-570-3687 to book an appointment
  • For other HIV and STI testing options, please call us at 519-570-3687 or text/call 519-635-2437 during business hours. We are here to help you navigate your sexual health during this difficult time, which does include accompanying you to your family doctor or medical practitioner.

What you need to know:

  • Tests are free and confidential
  • We also offer standard HIV testing (vial of blood taken from a vein)
  • Our clinic is drop-in welcome, though appointments are preferred
  • A health card is not required
  • If you want more information, see our HIV Testing Info Guide

HIV testing window period:

  • There is a window period before an HIV test is considered conclusive. The window period is 3 weeks to 3 months.
  • This is because the test looks for antibodies to HIV (antibodies form in response to an infection), not the virus itself. Antibodies take 3 weeks to 3 months to form.
  • If you had an exposure more recently (ex. one week ago) you can still come for a test. The nurse will test you to get a baseline, and will recommend that you come back for another test.

For more HIV & STI testing locations in Ontario, visit the AIDS & Sexual Health Infoline.