HIV Test FAQs - How does a free rapid HIV test work? How fast is it?

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Have questions on how our confidential free rapid HIV test works?

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Knowing your HIV status is a key factor in caring for your health and at the same time protecting yourself and your partners from contracting the virus. With free walk-in rapid HIV testing available at AHF Checkpoint Amsterdam and mobile testing unit; as well as in Rotterdam and other pop-up locations. Getting testing is easy, convenient, fast, confidential and free.

Click on the questions below to get answers to the most frequently asked questions:

Knowing your HIV status is the best way to protect your health and the health of your partner. If you are HIV-positive, early diagnosis gives you a high chance to live a healthy, long life. Many who are HIV-positive do not know their status, and could unknowingly infect others. If you are sexually active, get tested.

Testing at our sites is free; it is performed quickly, easily and in a friendly atmosphere.

HIV testing is free at all of our sites.

The actual test time will be 15 minutes.

For the rapid HIV test used at our sites a small drop of blood is needed.

Testing algorithm with the use of a primary test is used, and, in case of a positive result, a confirmatory test is immediately carried out also with use of a rapid test., and, in case of a positive result, a confirmatory test is immediately carried out also with use of a rapid test. If you undergo testing at one of our sites in Amsterdam or Rotterdam, we guarantee it will be quick and in a quality manner.

You will receive your results before you leave our facility.

The test will be administered by a trained and certified HIV testing counsellor.

We only gather the minimum information necessary and required to evaluate your individual needs, to assist us in providing you with services at the qualitative level. We strive to keep the process as simple.

If you receive an HIV-positive test result, our counsellors will walk you through the next steps. HIV is not fully curable, but it is treatable and the treatments are highly effective.

Caring for those living with HIV is our mission. If you test positive, our knowledgeable staff of will be with you to support you at the stage of confirming the diagnosis of HIV infection and initiating appropriate treatment.