NAAT testing is an HIV test that looks for the actual virus in the blood. The NAAT window period is shorter than standard HIV antibody testing. It is 90% accurate 10 – 12 days after sexual contact.
This test is available for men and trans people in a few clinics in Vancouver, as part of a study. The aim of this study is to find people when they first get HIV. For the first 2 months after someone gets HIV, it is easy to pass on because there is a high amount of virus in the body.
The clinics that offer HIV NAAT testing :
Bute clinic: always drop – in, with no appointments.
HIM : drop in and appointments, but appointments will guarantee you a time to be seen.
Provincial STI Clinic: mainly by appointment, but you may be seen if you drop in.
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