Getting tested

The STI tests should not be taken earlier than 1-2 weeks from the possible transmission. Chlamydia and Gonorrhea can be tested from men after 1 week from the possible transmission. These tests have to take from urethal (urine), troath and anal. In the case of syphilis (blood test), you should wait one month, and in the case of HIV and hepatitis (blood test or rapid test), up to two-three months from the suspected incident. The HIV tests involve detecting antibodies of the HI-virus and they may take up to two months to develop. This means that the result of the HIV test is reliable if the test is taken two months after the last possible transmission. Checkpoint is always free of charge. Also services within public health care are for the most part free of charge, and in some cases, treatments and medication as well.

If your test result is positive

It’s good to remember that all STI’s can be treated. Other STI’s can be totally cured and HIV is nowadays very treatable in Western countries. With HIV medication you can lead a normal life and the virus doesn’t affect your life expectancy. HIV doesn’t transmit from a person who is on treatment and has undetectable viral load. HIV status doesn’t affect your working life, educational possibilities or for example matters of asulym or residence permit.

Where to get tested?