Many people would like to get tested for HIV but they don’t because they are ashamed or don’t know where to go. If you are one of them we hope this text will help you gain the required information and thus shake off the fear of unknown.
When to get tested?
An important thing to know is that you can’t get tested immediately after intercourse or some other incident that might have put you at risk of infection. It’s because these tests don’t detect the virus directly, rather they can recognize whether there are viral antigens or antibodies against the virus in your body. It takes two to three months after infection before these antigens or antibodies are created and can be detected. Before they do, all the HIV tests will be negative even though the tested person is HIV positive. Therefore, it’s necessary to wait for three months before testing during which you must either sexually abstain or only engage in safe intercourse.
Where to get tested in Brno?
1) Free testing at HIV Counselling Center at Gorkého Street
The National Institute of Public Health is extending its network of HIV Counselling Centers in the Czech Republic. From August 1, 2015, a long-awaited Counselling Center in Brno starts operating to complement the already established Counselling Centers in Prague, Jihlava, and Hodonín. Counselling Center in Brno was created in cooperation with Institute of Public Health in Ostrava and will be open each Tuesday from 13:00 to 17:00 and each Friday from 7:00 to 11:00 at Gorkého St. 6, Brno 602 00. Counselling is provided by the personnel of the detached site of the Department of Health Promotion of the National Institute of Public Health. Phone line of the Counselling Center will be available at 724 810 125, Monday to Friday from 7:30 to 15:00.
Counselling Center provides free anonymous HIV counselling and testing from venous blood.
2) The University Hospital Brno – Bohunice
HIV testing is performed by the Clinic of Infectious Diseases of the University Hospital Brno – Bohunice, Jihlavská 20.
- Office hours: Mon to Fri 7:00 – 12:00
- Phone number: 532 232 269
Two types of tests are provided – statim tests and non-statim tests. If you choose statim test you will get the results within 2 hours at the cost of 621 CZK. The non-statim test costs 355 CZK and results are available within one week. However, you have to personally pick up your test results, which is inconvenient if you don’t live in Brno. Besides, waiting for the results can be stressful so it often pays off to get a statim test for a higher cost. With either type of test, a fee of 45 CZK is also charged for blood sample collection.
3) Last but not least – General practitioner
There is also one other way to get tested for HIV which is free of charge – covered by the health insurance. In case of unprotected intercourse or if you were for example injured by a suspicious needle lying around, you can consult your general practitioner. It’s easier (and cheaper) to get tested by your GP if you trust him and aren’t ashamed to talk with him about this topic.
The whole procedure is quite simple. You just go see your doctor and tell him that you had unprotected intercourse and that you want to get tested for HIV. He will then collect your blood sample and send it to the laboratory for testing. You will get your results within a week (you can even call the doctor for results). The samples sent by your GP are also tested in the University Hospital Brno – Bohunice. The only difference is that you don’t have to take care for anything, you save time in this way, and on top of that it’s free.
More information can be found at www.aids-hiv.cz (Czech only)