What are you waiting for?

Many gay guys want to get an HIV test, but waiting for the results can be a hassle.

In the past, you had to wait months after being exposed before you could get tested, and then a week before you could get the results.

Two new testing options change all that.

The Rapid HIV test will detect HIV antibodies in the blood from 3 weeks to three months after exposure. The majority of people (90%) will test positive 23 days after exposure.  The ‘Rapid’ HIV test gives you a result in a minute, eliminating the stress of waiting a week or more for results.


If you've had a recent risk incident or a known exposure to HIV, you may want to opt for the ‘Early’ HIV test which will detect the HIV virus within 10 to 12 days after exposure. Unfortunately the ‘Early’ HIV test is not yet available in Rapid form, so you for this test, you have to have your blood drawn and then wait one week for results.

The ‘Early’ test reduces the window period (the time you have to wait before getting tested) to only 10 to 12 days. 

This site explores the various testing options available to gay men in Vancouver.  For more information on Rapid and Early HIV testing click below.