ABOUT US

RAPID is a free, rapid HIV & STI testing service staffed by trained community members who understand the diverse communities of men who have sex with men. We're also a safe place for women, transgender and gender-diverse people. RAPID staff are not doctors or nurses, and we do not take a sexual history or document your sexual behaviour or injecting practices.

 

We simply offer rapid HIV, Syphilis, Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea testing “without the full Q&A.”

 

You will still have an opportunity to ask questions and explore risk reduction strategies with a RAPID staff member who has a lot of knowledge about HIV and sexual health, and who will respect your situation.

WHAT TO EXPECT

When you arrive at RAPID, you will be greeted and asked to complete a simple registration form. We do not check ID and you don’t need a Medicare card. We do not link with My Health Record.

 

You will have the choice of FOUR point-of-care STI tests:

1.  HIV. If you are not living with HIV, you can have a rapid HIV test with results in 20 minutes. It is a simple finger prick test.

2. SYPHILIS. If you have not had syphilis before, you can have a rapid Syphilis test with results in 15 minutes. It is a simple finger prick test.

3. CHLAMYDIA. We recommend Chlamydia testing for all clients, with results within 2-24 hours depending on the time of your test on a shift. This involves taking your own throat and rectal swab in the toilet, along with a urine sample.

4. GONORRHOEA. We recommend Chlamydia testing for all clients, with results within 2-24 hours depending on the time of your test on a shift. This involves taking your own throat and rectal swab in the toilet, along with a urine sample.

 

You will have the opportunity to chat with the RAPID staff member about your risk for HIV and other sexually transmissible infections. You only need to discuss what you feel comfortable discussing.