Getting tested

The only way to know for sure whether or not you have HIV or other STIs is to get tested. There are several different ways you can get tested.

Many men go directly to their family doctor or to an STI clinic. If you would rather schedule a test for HIV or other STIs online, you can do that via Testlab.

For certain STIs there are also tests that you can buy for yourself online. Unfortunately those are not always reliable. The time frame required to get reliable results is different for each test. If you take such a test too soon, it will not be able to detect HIV or some other STI if you have it.

It is important to be well informed and to discuss with your doctor what the test results really mean. If a test does detect an STI, you can go to your family doctor or to the STI clinic for treatment. A nurse from the STI clinic can anonymously notify your sex partners so that they can also get tested and receive treatment. That way you can avoid getting reinfected by your sex partner and help prevent the further spread of STIs.