FAQs


Knowing Is Protection

FAQs

Knowing your HIV status is the key to maintaining optimal health while protecting yourself and your partners from contracting the virus. With free walk-in HIV testing available through AHF Checkpoint and our mobile testing unit throughout The Netherlands, getting testing is easy, convenient, and confidential.

 

Why should I get tested?

Knowing your HIV status is the best way to protect your health and the health of your partner or partners. If you are HIV-positive, early diagnosis gives you the best chance to live a healthy, long life. Around 2,800 in The Netherlands who are HIV-positive do not know it, and could unknowingly infect others. If you are sexually active, get tested. The testing experience at our site is free, quick, easy and 100% judgment-free.

How much will HIV testing cost?

Getting an HIV test is free at all times

How long will the test take?

The actual test time will be from 1 minute to 20 minutes depending on the type of test used.

What kind of tests do we use?

We work with INSTI™ HIV-1/2 Antibody Test (60 second result) or Alere Determine™ HIV-1/2 Ag/Ab Combo (20 minute result) test, both with over 99, 5% proven accuracy.

Following pre-test counselling, the HIV testing counsellor will decide which HIV test is appropriate, based on the client’s HIV risk exposure and risk profile

Clients who have encountered HIV exposure before the preceding 6 weeks will be offered the INSTI HIV Antibody test, which detects HIV1/2 antibodies that are with most people visible from 6 weeks after infection. And with everyone after 12 weeks. This is what is called the window period of 3 months.

If clients have encountered high-risk HIV exposure within the preceding 4 weeks, they may be offered the Alere Determine HIV Ag/Ab combination test, which detects both HIV-1/2 antibodies and the HIV-1 p24 antigen, which can appear just 12 to 26 days after infection. And will disappear after those first weeks.

Who will give me the test?

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

Will I have to answer a lot of personal questions?

We only gather the minimum information necessary to assist us in designing the best health programs for the people we serve. We strive to keep the process as simple as possible.

What if my test results show that I am HIV-positive?

If you receive an HIV-positive test result, our trained and certified counselors will walk you through the next steps. HIV is not 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 counselors and medical providers will be with you to support you every step of the way. Following a preliminary positive (reactive) result an additional test is required in a treatment center for diagnosis. Our counselors will offer their full support in this process. For further STI screening you will be referred to your GP or to a GGD STI polyclinic in your area of residence.