HIV/ STI Testing

#KnowYourStatus

A major component of managing your health is knowing your HIV status.  The HIV test is the first step to health planning and decision-making.  Depending on the test result, your status points towards specific action plans to limit HIV’s impact on your health. 

If you are HIV-negative, you can learn about and access HIV-prevention technologies like condoms and PrEP.

If you are HIV-positive, receiving medical care and starting treatment soon after infection often results in healthier outcomes.  Starting and adhering to a HIV treatment plan is the key to living a healthy life and eliminating the possibility of passing the virus to others.

Establishing and following a routine HIV testing schedule is an effective strategy for many guys.  Some folks get tested every three months, and others just once a year. 

Due to Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health’s COVID-19 response, ARCH Clinic’s Anonymous Rapid Point-of-Care HIV testing is cancelled until further notice. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. If you require HIV testing, please contact our clinic (519-780-5298), Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health (519-780-5298), or Region of Waterloo Public Health (519-575-4400)

Select your region below to find out how you can get access to HIV and STI testing

ARCH Clinic is accepting self referrals to offer testing on a case by case basis.  Clinic staff will provide pre-test counselling to determine need for testing.

Those getting tested through our Clinic will be given forms to get lab work done at a local lab close to you.  Clinic staff will be in touch to provide test results and treatment if needed.

Please note; our anonymous rapid point-of-care HIV testing remains cancelled until further notice.

You can call us at: (519) 780-5298, toll free: 1 (877) 780-5298 or fill out the form below.

Wellington-Duffering-Guelph Public Health’s sexual health clinics are cancelled until further notice.  Urgent testing or treatment may be available based on individual assessment.

For updates, visit http://www.wdgpublichealth.ca/clinical. 

For assessment, call 1 (800) 265-7293

Grey Bruce Health Unit’s health clinics are cancelled until further notice.  Urgent testing or treatment may be available based on individual assessment.

For more information, visit http://www.publichealthgreybruce.on.ca or call (519) 376-9420 ext. 1256.

Grey Bruce Health Services’ Emergency Services or Sexual Abuse Center in Owen Sound

Address:  1800 8th St. East, Owen Sound

For more information, visit https://www.gbhs.on.ca/services or call (519) 376-2121 ext. 2458

Local hospital emergency services

Guelph General Hospital

http://www.gghorg.ca

(519) 822-5350

Headwaters Health Care Centre

http://www.headwatershealth.ca

(519) 941-2410

Get Tested and #KnowYourStatus!

Knowing your HIV status is an important part of your sexual health, having the sex you want, getting the health care that is right for you, and caring for your partners and communities.

Anonymous HIV testing with optional mental health counseling.

You do not have to wait to get tested if you think you have been exposed to HIV.

People living with HIV who get the right care and support can live long, healthy lives!  There are supports available if you test positive for HIV – ARCH is here for you.  Our programs are free and confidential.

For more information about support services, click here.  For information on our clinical services, click here.

Resources

PEP – PEP can stop HIV.  You can find more information here.

PrEP – is PrEP right for me?  You can find more information on PrEP here.

Sexual Health Infoline Ontario (SHILO)
A province-wide free anonymous service staffed by professional, multidisciplinary, and multicultural counsellors who offer assistance in different languages that offers anonymous and non-judgmental counselling.

  • Phone 1-800-668-2437.
  • Hours of operation are Monday to Friday: 10 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. / Weekends: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Closed on statutory holidays.

Current, accurate and detailed information and support on:

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Pre-test and post-test options
  • Information and referral to point of care HIV Rapid Test sites province-wide
  • Safer sex activities
  • Risk assessment
  • STIs
  • Birth control options
  • Emergency contraception
  • Sexuality
  • Relationship concerns
  • Pregnancy and options
  • Sexual orientation
  • Issues related to harm reduction, including injection drug use and needle exchange programs

The Hotline also offers:

  • Refererrals to appropriate clinics and community agencies
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Assistance in problem solving and decision making
  • Individualized time to address each client’s needs
  • Complementary service to existing public health and community programs

The Mainline

The Mainline deals with issues related to harm reduction, injection drug use and needle exchange programs. Phone 1-800-686-7544.

ConnexOntario – Health Services Information for Ontarians

ConnexOntario provides free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness or gambling. We are funded by the Government of Ontario.