​​​​Ask for a HIV test today

Testing is available at a service:

Get tested by a GP

Free HIV testing is available with a Medicare card through any general practitioner (GP) who bulk bills.

Find a general practice

Testing is available online

  • MyTest​ (free)
    Test your health in private with a free MyTest HIV self-test kit. Results are available in 15 minutes. MyTest HIV self-test kits can be collected from vending machines across NSW.
  • Dried Blood Spot (DBS) test for HIV and Hepatitis C (free)
  • atomo  Rapid HIV self-test (cost)
    At the present time, the atomo rapid HIV self- test is the only TGA approved  home HIV test product available in the Australian market.

If you think you have been exposed to HIV in the last three months, it is important to speak to a doctor or visit a sexual health clinic. Like other HIV tests, the atomo HIV self-test has a window period of three months. This means that the test may not detect HIV that has been acquired in the last three months.

Some non-GP services and DBS tests are free even if you don't have Medicare or insurance.

Dried Blood SpotDried Blood Spot (DBS) is a private way to test for HIV and hepatitis C

DBS is a free finger prick test kit that can be ordered online and sent to your home or a mailing address of your choice.

You can order the test if you are:

  • a man who has had sex with men
  • a person with a transgender history
  • a person born overseas, or whose parents were born overseas, or who speaks a language other than English at home
  • an Aboriginal person
  • a person who currently injects drugs or has ever injected drugs
  • a person who has ever been or is in prison.

You don't need a Medicare card but you must live in NSW to get the free mail order DBS test kit.

Get a mail order test


Prevent HIV and STIs – learn the basics today

The best way to protect yourself and others from HIV and sexually transmissible infections (STIs) is to practice safe behaviours:

Talk to your doctor about taking PrEP (HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis) – this is where people at high risk who don’t have HIV, take a pill every day to prevent them from becoming infected with HIV.

Someone confiden​tial to talk to

You can have a confidential conversation with a nurse about STI and HIV symptoms, testing, prevention and treatment by calling the NSW Sexual Health Infolink on 1800 451 624 (freecall).

NSW Sexual Health Infolink - 1800 451 624

Current as at: Tuesday 2 July 2024
Contact page owner: Centre for Population Health