To make an appointment for a free HIV rapid test, you do not need a referral from your GP/doctor. Make an appointment (anonymously if desired) by calling +31 (0)88 0100944.
Do I have HIV?
HIV is a virus that is transmitted through the mucous membranes, sperm and blood. The virus reduces your resistance. This can cause various symptoms and complaints. Sometimes people experience flu-like symptoms shortly after contracting HIV. These can include fever, swollen lymph glands, sore throat, skin rash, recent weight loss, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and joint pain. This is considered an acute HIV infection.
You can also contract HIV without noticing it and develop symptoms later. This can be after two years or after ten years, this cannot be predicted and differs from person to person. This is considered a chronic HIV infection.
For more information about risk moments and symptoms of HIV, see: www.hebikhiv.nl.
Free HIV rapid test
To ascertain whether you have HIV or not, you can take a free HIV rapid test. The HIV rapid test is a validated test that shows whether there are antibodies in the blood against the HIV virus. A positive test means that the HIV virus is in the blood. If the test is negative, no HIV virus is present. You can take the HIV rapid test if you were at risk of infection at most four to six weeks ago, for example through unsafe sexual contact or a needlestick incident. The rapid test is not reliable if it has been longer than six weeks since the possible moment of infection.
A HIV rapid test is free. This is because of the ‘Nederland naar nul nieuwe hiv-infecties’ [zero new HIV infections in the Netherlands] project.
Taking a HIV rapid test
Making an appointment
During the appointment the nurse will first ask several questions and answer your questions. The examination involves pricking a finger. The drop of blood is collected in a tube and tested.
After the examination
After the examination, you can wait for the result in the waiting room, which takes about 20 minutes. The entire study, with preparation and follow-up consultations, takes about half an hour in total.
- A negative test means that no additional examinations have to be done.
- If the test is positive, a second blood sample will be taken to exclude mistakes. You will get the result in a week’s time.