Due to the coronavirus epidemic HIV-testing and the face-to-face client work has been on hold since 18th of March. The restrictions in the society due to the virus are slowly being dismantled. Hivpoint will gradually re-open services starting 19th of May. While the coronavirus epidemic is still going on, we must take exceptional care to protect our clients and workers form the virus.
When we re-open our face-to-face services all appointments must be scheduled ahead
Majority services provided by Hivpoint would normally be available without appointment. During the on going epidemic limited customer resources are currently by appointment only in order limit the amount of people simultaneously at the office space.
Special emphasize on client safety
We will continue to emphasize safety at our office during these special circumstances. When entering our office client will be given a surgical mask and the client will be proceeded to wash their hands. The employers conducting the test will be wearing surgical masks. Emphasis is also given to the sanitary conditions of toilets and public surfaces. In addition to the above, two-meter safety distance is recommended at our office. We will closely monitor the governmental regulations and correspond accordingly.
HIV rapid testing
Hivpoint’s testing services with appointment for men who have sex with men re-open 19th of May both Helsinki and Tampere offices. Oulu office re-opens in August. Checkpoint testing has been previously carried out without scheduled but now due to the COVID-19 situation testing is by appointment. Testing days will be held one or two days a week. You can book an appointment:
- phone service p. 0207 465 705 (mon-thu 10am to 3.30pm)
- chat service (appointments only to Helsinki from chat): hivpoint.fi (mon-wed 10am to 3:30pm) or miestenkesken.fi/en (wed 1pm to 3pm)
HIV home testing kit
If you need to get tested and are not able to come to our office or our appointment times are not suitable for you can order or pick up a free home HIV testing kit from Helsinki office. You can enquire about the free testing kit from our counselling services or by sending an email to prep(at)hivpoint.fi
There can still be restrictions considering STI testing for people who don’t show symptoms at the public health care. There are also changes to drop-in services for instance you might have to call before entering the service. You should check the instructions from the service provider’s website.
The Veneer diseases outpatient clinic in Helsinki: Office p. 09 471 86220 mon-fri 8am to 10am and 12pm to 2pm. DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS CALL THE CLINIC IF YOU NEED TO COME TO GET TESTED!
Checkpoint Express Clinic for people who are receiving their prep medicines from a private health care provider
For those who need lab tests for prep treatment at the private healthcare sector we organize STI testing the 2nd of June, appointment needed. We also have some available appointments for people who are not entitled to public health care in Finland. You can ask for appointment via email: prep(at)hivpoint.fi. In your email tell shortly your situation and leave your phone number so we can contact you.
Hepatitis A and B vaccinations
For those who are in the middle of a vaccination series it’s possible to book an appointment on the 4th of June to our Helsinki or Tampere office. We will start giving new vaccine series after the summer vacations. You can book an appointment to continue your vaccination series by calling our phone service p. 0207 465 705 (mon-thu 10am to 3:30pm) or from our chat service: hivpoint.fi (mon-wed 10am to 3:30pm), miestenkesken.fi (wed 1pm to 3pm) or e-mail: prep(at)hivpoint.fi
To book vaccination time to our Tampere office call our nurse Sanna Salo p. 040 860 7988
You don’t have to start the whole vaccination series from the start even though there is longer period than recommended in between vaccinations. If you have received only the first shot of the series the protection can wear off after some months, but the protection will become effective again back when vaccination series is continued.