Help & Testing Resources

Skip to a list of Ontario HIV testing resources.

This page presumes you’re not eligible for the GetaKit testing project. If you haven’t filled out an eligibility questionnaire yet, go here.


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, a short run of 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 HIV411.ca

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, but we’re a small team. Try using HIV411.ca 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
613-238-5014
www.facebook.com/ACBHealthZone

Carlington Community and Health Services
900 Merivale Rd, Suite 200
613-722-8471

Centretown Community Health Centre
420 Cooper St
613-233-4541

Club Ottawa Bathhouse
1069 Wellington St West
613-722-8978

Gay Zone
179 Clarence St
613-234-4641
www.gayzonegaie.ca

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

Sexual Health Clinic (Ottawa Public Health)
179 Clarence St
613-234-4641

Somerset West CHC Eccles Branch
55 Eccles St
613-238-8210

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 

613-295-9574

Orleans-Cumberland CRC
240 Centrum Blvd. 
Orleans

South Nepean CHC 
4100 Strandherd Dr.
Nepean

West Ottawa CRC
2 MacNeil Ct
Kanata

AIDS Committee of Ottawa
19 Main St


Other Resources

Harm Reduction and PrEP Navigation

MAX Ottawa
613-701-6555
www.maxottawa.ca

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

Distress Centre of Ottawa

613-238-3311
www.dcottawa.on.ca/i-need-help

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

Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa

613-234-2266
www.sascottawa.com

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
www.youthline.ca/get-support/ways-we-support

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

Trans LifeLine

877-330-6366
www.translifeline.org

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