Tests & services
1- The HIV POC (Point of Care) test
The HIV POC test detects antibodies that develop within 3 months after exposure to HIV. Standard HIV antigen-antibody testing is more likely to detect infection during seroconversion, the time during which a person first develops antibodies for HIV. Either test should be repeated 12 weeks after a high-risk exposure.
If you might have had a recent exposure to HIV, contact us immediately.
Do you think you might have been at risk of contracting HIV? At our clinic we offer you the test quickly, confidentially and free of charge. The test is very simple, and takes only a simple painless finger prick. Then within just 20 minutes you will have your results.
If the test result is negative:
This means that no virus antibodies were detected. Despite this, in order to totally rule out a HIV infection at least 3 months should have gone by since the time a person might have been exposed to the virus. However, with the new generation tests, this period can sometimes be shortened. If you have any doubts, we are here to offer you any help and assistance.
If the test result is positive:
Keeping in mind that today antiretroviral treatments enable people with HIV to have a life expectancy and quality of life equal to that of the rest of the population. We offer you the support and counseling you need to deal with this situation in the best conditions. Nevertheless, a positive HIV test result always needs to be confirmed by means of a second test. If the second test result comes out positive as well, then we will be at your side to offer you guidance as to what you need to do from that moment on.
2- How often should you get tested?
If you are a sexually active person, it is advisable that you take the HIV test at least once or twice a year. If you have had several partners or you don’t always use a condom, consider taking the test every 3 months.
An early HIV diagnosis offers many advantages regarding clinical treatment options and how the infection evolves.
Other STIs test that we offer and treat:
Rapid syphilis test.
Chlamydia testing and treatment.
Gonorrhea testing and treatment.
Testing for hepatitis B/C.
We run a free of benefits and confidential vaccination program for hepatitis A/B and HPV. If you want to get vaccinated, simply ask for an appointment and clarify that you need a vaccine.
PREP-PEP Services (urgent cases)
We offer, since 2015, a regular (or an urgent) service for Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) 24/7. PrEP services can be discussed in a regular appointment.
Services for people living with HIV
We run a comprehensive program of services which cater specifically to people living with HIV, including personalised support and counseling sessions as well as group information sessions. HIV treatment plan is handeled by a trusted Infectious Diseases specialist.