Self Test Kits
About Our HIV Self Test Kits
If you don’t live near RAPID, or you’d prefer to test privately, you can order a simple HIV self test. You’ll receive the kit discreetly in the mail, and we’ll talk to you on the phone to help you do the test and understand the results. Order your test here at the RAPID website.
HIV Self Test Kits are also available from some local pharmacies for a reasonable cost, but from RAPID they are free for people in Queensland aged 16 years or over.
The Atomo HIV self test kit uses just a drop of blood from your fingertip and takes about 15 minutes to give you an accurate result.
The window period for HIV testing is 3 months. This is the time between when you come into contact with HIV and when it will show up on a blood test. If you’re especially worried about HIV, we suggest testing at 6 weeks after sex (or injecting), when the test is very likely to be accurate, then again after another 6 weeks to be sure.
The window period for HIV is part of why regular testing is so important. How often you test depends on what kind of sex you have and how often. At least once every year is a good idea for everyone, and people who are more sexually active might like to consider closer to every 3 months.
If your HIV screening test is positive, we’ll support you to get a follow-up test to confirm the result. We can help you with information and advice about what to do next. HIV is not a big deal for most people these days. If your test is positive, modern treatment is available to keep you healthy and usually prevent you from being able to pass on the virus.
We can help you with information and support about living with HIV, from medication to social and legal issues and more. We can also refer you to groups within QPP and other organisations to support you.
Click to view RAPIDs website, which includes opening hours, information about the clinic and links to other sexual health information and services.
Our walk-in Fortitude Valley testing clinic is located at 2 Winn St. We’re open from 3–8 pm Tuesday–Friday and 12–5 pm on Saturday.
When To Test
How often you test is up to you and depends on your sexual activity. It’s a good idea to get into the habit of a sexual health check at least every year, even if you’re in a monogamous relationship.
Testing Options In Queensland
You have many options for HIV testing. Any doctor can refer you for a laboratory HIV test using a blood sample. There are a number of other options including home testing and dedicated clinics.
Our trained team is here to help you should you have any questions or need support. You can contact QPP toll free from a Queensland land-line on 1800 636 241 or (07) 3013 5555 nationally, email us at email@example.com or use our contact us form.