What is the testing process?
It's so easy and it only takes twenty minutes. Check out our video guide to getting free HIV and Syphilis rapid tests at NZAF clinics around New Zealand.
*Please note that we are no longer providing Hepatitis C testing.
You can book your own appointment for a free rapid test with our user-friendly self-booking service. You can book an appointment using a fake name if you want to be anonymous, but please be reassured that any personal information shared with us is in complete confidence and will not be shared with a third party without your consent.
When you arrive you’ll be greeted by one of our friendly team members and will be asked to complete a digital self-assessment form – where you will be asked some brief questions about your recent sexual activities in order to determine the best time to test, gauge if other STI tests are also required, and if you need to be retested for HIV at a later date because of the window period.
Once you have completed your self- assessment you’ll then go in for your appointment with qualified staff who will have a chat with you about why you think you’ve been at risk of HIV and other information you have chosen to share on your self-assessment.
No needles are required for the rapid tests – just a quick, painless finger prick. A single drop of blood is placed into the testing device and, depending on the type of appointment, you will have a result in 10 minutes or 60 seconds.
If the result is negative, we’ll discuss with you how you can help keep yourself and your sexual partners safe in the future. If 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, sex or your general wellbeing.
Confidential vs Anonymous - what's the difference?
Your details and test results will not be revealed to anybody except for designated clinic staff and in some cases, specific health professionals with your consent. The clinic will require some personal details, but they will not be revealed to anybody - clinics are legally bound by patient confidentiality and a strict ethical code.
If you choose not to give your real name you can use a fake name, we do ask if you can provide either an authentic mobile number or email address to avoid confusion with other testing clients using the same name. If you do have a positive result we will discuss how you want to share your information. Please note for STI testing the District Health Boards who process the STI tests do not accept the use of fake name.