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HIV Self-Testing Kits in Malta - Results in 15 Minutes



With European HIV-Hepatitis testing week coming up we wanted to bring you more information about the HIV Self-Testing Kits available in (some) pharmacies and show you how the self-test is done.

Some pointers:

1. We'd like to see the Testing Kits available in ALL pharmacies. So far it is only available in some.

2. We appeal to the Pharmacists to be more sensible when people are requesting the kit. This is how our experience went:

Me: "Hi, do you have the self-testing kits please?" Pharm (with other customers in the pharmacy): "The HIV Ones?" Me: *gulp* "Yeah I need two"

Unfortunately, A LOT of people still don't know a thing or two about HIV and rather than stating it out loud, it would be more sensible to simply show the box to confirm with the customer.

3. Using the kit is super-easy, but make sure to go over the instructions step-by-step as you can only use the kit once! (They cost EUR39.95)

4. The Kit does not detect other forms of STD/SAIs, so make sure to keep your appointments with the GU Clinic regular, especially if you are sexually active.

5. The test will only detect the virus for any sexual (or other) activity that took place at least 3 months prior to the testing.

6. If the results show that you have the HIV, get in touch with the GU Clinic immediately. Nowadays, treatment is available to keep it under control.

7. In the case you have had HIGH-RISK activity with someone who is HIV positive (and detectable) in the last 72 hours, it is advised you consult with the GU Clinic to know if you need to take the #PEPtreatment. Be aware that this costs over EUR500 and the Government does not sponsor it.

8. Sexually active persons are encouraged to go on #PrEP. A pill which is taken every day and has been proven to prevent the spread of HIV.

9. Condoms and safe sex are still important practices as PrEP alone does not prevent you from getting other SAIs.

10. We made this video in Maltese, however, we will be uploading English sub-titles when we have more time and resources :)


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HIV Rapid Testing & Consultation on HIV Prevention
Thu, Sep 24
Volunteer Centre - Valletta
Sep 24, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM GMT+2
Volunteer Centre - Valletta, Melita St, Valletta, Malta
The Health Department in conjunction with doctors and nurses from the GU Clinic will be offering rapid testing in HIV and consultation on PrEP use. In view of COVID19 mitigation measures, walk-ins will not be possible. Appointments can be made in advance to be scheduled between 08.30am and 12.30pm
HIV Rapid Testing & Consultation on HIV Prevention
Fri, Sep 25
Volunteer Centre - Valletta
Sep 25, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM GMT+2
Volunteer Centre - Valletta, Melita St, Valletta, Malta
The Health Department in conjunction with doctors and nurses from the GU Clinic will be offering rapid testing in HIV and consultation on PrEP use. In view of COVID19 mitigation measures, walk-ins will not be possible. Appointments can be made in advance to be scheduled between 08.30am and 12.30pm
Are you Proud? 17 September and 27 September
Sun, Sep 27
Spazju Kreattiv
Sep 27, 7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Spazju Kreattiv, Pjazza Kastilja Pope Pius V Street Il-Belt Valletta, Il-Belt Valletta VLT 1030, Malta
Are You Proud? documentary brings together rare archive footage and interviews from across a spectrum of historical campaigns to celebrate the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) movement’s landmark protests against homophobia and transphobia. https://www.facebook.com/events/282514545
HIV Rapid Testing & Consultation on HIV Prevention
Tue, Sep 29
Volunteer Centre - Valletta
Sep 29, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM GMT+2
Volunteer Centre - Valletta, Melita St, Valletta, Malta
The Health Department in conjunction with doctors and nurses from the GU Clinic will be offering rapid testing in HIV and consultation on PrEP use. In view of COVID19 mitigation measures, walk-ins will not be possible. Appointments can be made in advance to be scheduled between 08.30am and 12.30pm
HIV Rapid Testing & Consultation on HIV Prevention
Wed, Sep 30
Volunteer Centre - Valletta
Sep 30, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM GMT+2
Volunteer Centre - Valletta, Melita St, Valletta, Malta
The Health Department in conjunction with doctors and nurses from the GU Clinic will be offering rapid testing in HIV and consultation on PrEP use. In view of COVID19 mitigation measures, walk-ins will not be possible. Appointments can be made in advance to be scheduled between 08.30am and 12.30pm