Now you can order a free HIV self-test.

The University of Ottawa, in collaboration with the AIDS Committee of Ottawa, MAX Ottawa, Ottawa Public Health, and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network, are piloting an HIV self-test delivery program in the Ottawa region.

About the GetaKit Study

Why are we studying at-home HIV self-testing?

HIV testing is an important part of maintaining your health and wellness, but sometimes getting tested can be difficult. The testing centres might be too far, the hours aren’t convenient, or you might be worried that you’ll run into someone you know. Regardless of why, we want to help make knowing your status less of a chore.

What HIV testing kit does
this study use?

GetaKit uses the bioLytical INSTI HIV self-test, which was approved by Health Canada on November 2, 2020. If you’ve received a rapid/point-of-care HIV test before, this device is very similar. You’ll use the lancet to poke your finger for a drop of blood, then follow the instructions included in your kit to complete the test and read the result. This test detects HIV antibodies, your body’s response to HIV.

So what’s involved?

Step 1

Eligibility and registration. Fill out this short survey and create your account.

Step 2

Login and complete a survey telling us about yourself.

Step 3

Order your bioLytical INSTI kit through this website and receive it by mail.

Step 4

Report your result and complete a short second survey about your GetaKit experience. 

But what about my results?

This program takes on a status-neutral approach.

This means you’ll be connected to support whether your result is reactive or non-reactive.


I have questions.

For inquiries and concerns, please contact us here.


Are you ready to self test?

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