Community Rapid HIV Testing

Our team of peer volunteers offer free rapid HIV testing to gay, bi and MSM on evenings and weekends in Dublin’s gay-identified bars, clubs & saunas and LGBT community centre.

A small sample from a finger-prick is all it takes – result is ready in 60 seconds.

The aim of this peer-led, community-based rapid HIV testing service is to ensure that getting tested for HIV is as simple, accessible and convenient as possible.

When & Where?

Your test is confidential and anonymous and will take place in a private area in our partner venues.

What to expect?

  1. On arrival at the testing venue you will be greeted by one of our testing team. They will give you a short registration form to complete. All questions on the registration form are used for statistical information e.g. age, gender, country of birth etc.
  2. Once the form has been completed hand it back to our testing team and they will give you a number for your place in the queue. Keep an eye on the registration table in the venue and return to the table once your number is displayed.
  3. You will be brought to our private testing area by a member of the team. Before proceeding with the test, you will have a brief chat. The main purpose of the chat is for the tester to ensure that this is the right time and place for you to test, to make clear how test results will be communicated and to offer you any further information or support you might want.
  4. Following this chat and if you would like to proceed with testing, you will sign a consent form which gives permission for the tester to perform the test. A small sample of blood is taken from a finger-prick – your result will be ready in 60 seconds.
  5. If you receive a negative result, you can speak to our testing team about the prevention options available to keep you negative. Receiving a reactive result is an indication of your HIV status.  A follow-up blood test in a clinical setting is required to confirm the result – we will organise this for you and any other information or support that you might require.

Good to know!

  • Our rapid HIV testing is completely free of charge.
  • Testing 6 weeks after your last potential exposure can give you a good indication of your HIV status, however you should wait 12 weeks (3 months) to be definite.
  • If you’ve had a potential exposure in the last 72 hours, consider PEP.

Interested in volunteering?

If you are interested in joining our peer-led testing team contact the MSM Programme Manager, Adam Shanley.

Email: adam.shanley@hivireland.ie

Telephone: 01 873 3799.