GOSHH’s rapid HIV testing

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LIMERICK’S GOSHH (Gender, Orientation, Sexual Health, HIV) has introduced a rapid testing programme for HIV which takes 10 minutes in total. 

Clients fill out a form of their personal details and then the test can begin. The testing itself is only slightly invasive and involves a simple finger prick. Results are available within seconds. The testing is free and can be done in the GOSHH centre in Davis street. 

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In the early days of testing, anyone concerned about their HIV status had to wait a week or more for a result after testing.

Ann Mason, Manager at GOSHH said, “You will walk out the door knowing that you’re HIV negative or that the test has reacted and you need a confirmation test to back it up.”

If it is reactive there will be a referral made immediately and then the GOSHH staff will ensure clients receive follow-on care, if needed, and also provide the psychosocial care people may need.

GOSHH offer a counselling service around gender, orientation, sexual health and HIV. Anyone concerned about HIV can drop into the centre to arrange an appointment. The test is free but donations are accepted.