The rapid HIV test is a validated test that indicates whether there are antibodies against HIV in the blood. A positive test means that the virus is found in the blood. If the test is negative, there is no virus present. You can do the rapid HIV test if you have run the risk of infection 6 weeks ago or longer. If the test is negative, there is no virus present. A moment of risk can be a sexual risk (unprotected sex) or a prick incident.
The HIV treatment centre Amsterdam uses the HIV combo test (4th generation). For men who have sex with men there is the ‘symptom check’. With the form from this check, you can go to the HIV treatment centre for an HIV test were they can check for the presence of HIV 2 weeks after the possible exposure. This must always be repeated for a conclusive result. The test is done anonymously. When making an appointment you only need a first name and telephone number. Upon request, you will receive the results on paper.
Prior to the test, the nurse will ask some questions to determine the type of risk. He or she will also answer any questions.
The test consists of pricking your finger. The blood is collected in a capillary tube and tested. It will take approximately 20 minutes to get the results.
After the blood draw, you can take a seat in the waiting room to wait for the result.
A negative test means that you have not come into contact with HIV. There need be no additional testing. If the result is positive, there is always a second blood draw to rule out mistakes. The second blood draw takes place (anonymously) in the lab. It takes a week for the results to come back.
The entire test, with initial and follow up consultation takes about a half hour all together.
The cost of the rapid HIV test is 25 euros, but free at the HIV Treatment Center until the end of this year. For more on this: https://www.hivbehandelcentrum.nl/gratis-hiv-sneltest-in-amsterdam-free-rapid-hiv-test/