The reality is that these days HIV is most dangerous when you don’t know that you have it.
If you are testing in a NZAF centre and...
The result is negative, we’ll discuss with you how you can help keep yourself and your sexual partners safe in the future.
The result is positive, you are in safe hands. We will look after you, advise you on next steps and call support people as appropriate. In either case, we have services available for ongoing counselling if you have any issues relating to HIV, sexual life or your general wellbeing.
The first thing that will happen is you will be referred on to specialist care who will run a test to confirm your result and give you your diagnosis.
For more information on living with HIV click here.
You might hear this during your appointment or read about it around the place - this just means, due to the window period for HIV, rapid-test results need to be confirmed again in around three months.
The New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) provides counselling for free to anyone who is living with, or thinks they may be at risk of HIV, as well as their friends, partners and whānau. Counsellors are all trained, professionally qualified specialists. You can talk to them about anything that has come up - from relationship issues, to grief, anxiety, finances or how things are going at work.
If you live in Auckland, Christchurch or Wellington make an appointment with an HIV counsellor using this form. If you live outside those areas call the NZAF on 0800 802 437 and they will connect you with the HIV counselling service closest to you.
The NZAF network