Help & Testing Resources

Skip to a list of Ontario HIV testing resources.

GetaKit says I’m not eligible for an HIV test. How can I get one?

This is a pilot program and a research study, and we don’t have the resources to send a test to every person in Ontario who wants one. 

If you think you’ve been exposed to HIV, or if you have symptoms of HIV, GetaKit actually isn’t the resource you need. It’s important you seek immediate medical care from a professional.

There are lots of ways to get tested for HIV and STIs in Ontario, and lots of welcoming support services.

I might have been exposed to HIV in the past 72 hours. What should I do?

You might need PEP, or post-exposure prophylaxis, 28 days medication that can prevent HIV from taking hold in your body if taken within 72 hours of exposure.

Head to your nearest hospital emergency room and they’ll prescribe it to you.

I need PEP, ARVs or an HIV test, but I don’t feel comfortable going to a hospital.

Ontario has many welcoming and inclusive clinics where you can get tested. Go here to find testing resources near you, Google “hiv and sti testing [your area],” or try

I think I have symptoms of HIV.

Your options are similar:

I have a different testing-related problem I don’t see addressed here.

We’ll respond to anyone who reaches out via [email protected], but we’re a small team. Try using to find resources near you, or Google “hiv testing [your area].”

HIV Testing Sites in Ottawa

African, Caribbean and Black Health Zone
221 Nelson St

Carlington Community and Health Services
900 Merivale Rd, Suite 200

Centretown Community Health Centre
420 Cooper St

Club Ottawa Bathhouse
1069 Wellington St West

Gay Zone
179 Clarence St

Sandy Hill Community Health Centre
221 Nelson St
613-569-3488 ext 2110

Sexual Health Clinic (Ottawa Public Health)
179 Clarence St

Somerset West CHC Eccles Branch
55 Eccles St

South-East Ottawa CHC
1355 Bank Street, Suite 600
613-737-5115 ext 2386

Somerset West CHC Testing Sites

For more information connect directly with Somerset West CHC 


Orleans-Cumberland CRC
240 Centrum Blvd. 

South Nepean CHC 
4100 Strandherd Dr.

West Ottawa CRC
2 MacNeil Ct

AIDS Committee of Ottawa
19 Main St

Other Resources

Harm Reduction and PrEP Navigation

MAX Ottawa

Ottawa’s health and wellness connection for guys into guys.

Distress Centre of Ottawa


Offers non-judgemental 24/7 telephone mental/emotional support and resources

Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa


Offers individual and group support to women who have experienced sexual violence-LGBTQ inclusive

LGBT Youth Line

1-800-268-9688 or 647-694-4275

Offers confidential, non-judgemental, and informed LGBTTQQ2SI youth through telephone, text or chat

Trans LifeLine


A trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support and resources including a telephone support line

Legal Support

HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic Ontario (HALCO)

Legal Support

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