SH Services

Sexual health services

HQ offers prevention, testing, and treatment for STBBIs like chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, and HIV. They also provide anal-cancer screening. Service users can access HIV risk assessment and PrEP assessment at HQ. It is advised to get tested for HIV annually if sexually active; routine testing every three months is recommended to stay informed about your HIV status.

HQ offers comprehensive STBBI prevention, testing, and treatment services, including for chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, and anal cancer screening. Immediate access to prevention services like PrEP and PEP is available. Testing services provide same- or next-day results via text or email, including express STBBI testing, symptom-based testing and treatment, and reminders for routine testing.

What is express HIV testing?

Express HIV testing is available at HQ. Walk-ins are encouraged. Start by using a kiosk to provide your information and follow on-screen prompts. Then, a staff member will conduct the blood draw. No provider appointment needed. Results are typically sent via text or email the same or next day. HQ provides status-neutral care, linking all service users to appropriate care regardless of test results. Users may be connected to HIV treatment, PrEP, or PEP services as needed.

Returning Visitor? take a look at our video tutorial.

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First time Visitor? take a look at our video tutorial.

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CANFAR Express Testing Laboratory

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Our two instruments are the Abbott Alinity and the Hologic Panther

 

On the Abbott Alinity we perform the screening Serologic tests (look for antibodies for Syphilis and HIV-1 & HIV-2, each test takes serum (separated from blood) and takes about 30 minutes to an hour.

On the Hologic Panther we perform Nucleic Amplification (similar to PCR) for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia from rectal, pharyngeal swabs, and urine, the test takes about 4 hours.

 

Hologic panther also performs confirmatory Nucleic Amplification Test (similar to PCR) for HIV-1 from serum (separated from blood) and takes about 3 hours.

These result times are a lot faster than sending specimens to PHO (Public Health Ontario) as they can take days or weeks.

 

Capacity to provide testing results within same day and or next day.

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Commonly asked questions- Sexual Health

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HQ provides rapid access to sexual health prevention, testing and treatment services.