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Testing is one of the most important things you can do to help end HIV transmissions in New Zealand. Most new HIV transmissions occur when people don’t know they are living with HIV and aren’t on treatment.

To find out how often you should be testing use our tool to get a recommendation and sign up to get reminders via text or email.

If you think you may have been exposed to HIV, then we recommend you get tested. This will give you a conclusive negative or positive result and peace of mind. Our rapid testing service is private and confidential, and you'll have your results in 20 minutes.

Once tested, if you find your result is positive, start treatment as soon as possible. This is the best thing you can do for your own health and the health of your community. The sooner you start to treat, the sooner you can get on top of HIV. Once on treatment, most people are able to reach an undetectable viral load within six months, which means there is no risk of passing on HIV during sex - even if condoms aren't used.

Featured FAQs

Is an HIV test done through a GP 100% accurate? Is it the same as a rapid test that NZAF does?

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GPs do not offer rapid tests. They send people off to a lab and blood is taken there. People then have to wait a few days for results, but these tests are 100% accurate. Our rapid HIV tests are 100% sensitive to HIV, they are FDA approved and 98.9% specific to antibodies, and you will get your result in a few minutes. 

How long does an HIV test take and when can I get the test results? I had sex without a condom a few weeks ago and I'm really worried.

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A rapid test for HIV at NZAF will give you results in just 20 minutes. Book a free and confidential test now.

Keep in mind evidence of HIV can be detected by some tests as early as 2 weeks after exposure, but it may take up to 3 months. Everyone responds differently to the virus.

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