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Express testing and same-day initiation of PrEP research study

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Context for research study

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is a once-daily prescription medicine, for adults and adolescents, taken to prevent getting HIV from sex.


Over half of the new HIV infections in Canada are among people from the 2SLGBTQ+ community. We know that PrEP is an effective way to prevent HIV infections, but getting PrEP can be difficult and can take a lot of time. This can lead to people delaying starting PrEP or not starting at all.


At HQ we want to make the process easier and faster, and will be conducting a research study to see if rapid starts for PrEP can make a difference and remove some of the barriers people in our community might experience when they want to get on PrEP.


If you’re interested in starting PrEP and would like more information or to enroll in our study, visit HQ!

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Are you interested in starting PrEP?

Visit HQ to learn more!


Participation is open to anyone 16 years of age or older, visiting HQ for express testing, HIV negative and not currently on PrEP. Participation includes follow-ups every 3 months and permission to access your health information.


Interested in joining the study? Visit HQ today!


Accessing HQ

790 Bay Street

HQ Toronto is centrally located in downtown Toronto, steps from Bay, College, and Queen’s Park stations. Occupying 10,000 sq. ft. on the 8th floor of 790 Bay with capacity for future growth, HQ will be a welcoming, sex-positive, shame-free, stigma-free and bully-free space where cis guys into guys and two-spirit, transgender and non-binary people will receive integrated, person-centred services regardless of HIV status.


Hours of Operations

We provide walk-in services during the following times:

Monday: 12PM - 7:30PM

Tuesday: 12PM - 7:30 PM

Wednesday: 12PM - 7:30 PM

Thursday: 12PM - 7:30 PM

Friday: 12PM - 5:30PM

Closed on weekends and statutory holidays 


Telephone: 416.521.4445

Fax: 416.764.5507