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If you would like to get tested for HIV, we recommend that you start by going to your GP or a test clinic for a test. However, if this is not an option for you, you can take an anonymous rapid test for HIV at Sjekkpunkt, Minuttest or various other test clinics. These places often also offer testing for other sexually transmitted diseases, as well as help and advice. If none of these services is an option for you, you can receive an anonymous and free HIV rapid test by post, and you will get the results in around 15 minutes.

Who can get an HIV self-test in the post?

This is for people who have rarely or never been tested for HIV, and for people who are at greater risk of getting HIV.

Groups that may be at greater risk of getting HIV are:

  • Men who have sex with men. 
  • Migrants. 
  • Transgender people. 
  • People who sell sex.

If you belong to one of these groups and cannot get tested at a test centre for any reason, you are welcome to order the self-test via the Chat function on the main page. You can chat anonymously there with one of our team and you will then get the chance to order the self-test. If you don’t want to chat, you can phone one of these organisations.

How do I do an HIV self-test?

The self-test can give you accurate results around 6 weeks after you have been exposed to an HIV risk, but the test is not completely accurate until after 12 weeks. This is because it is an antibody test, and if you have been infected, it can take up to 12 weeks for the test to show positive results.

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You can order the test by chatting with one of our team here. If you don’t want to chat, you can phone one of these organizations.

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You will receive a discreet envelope in the post with the kit you need to do the test.

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The user instructions are enclosed, and you must read these carefully before you do the test. See the instruction on the video down below.

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The test kit looks like a pen, and it works by collecting and absorbing a drop of blood from your fingertip, and then you wait for 15 minutes.

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You get the results by looking at the position of the bar in the test kit window. Remember to read the user instructions carefully!

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If you have any questions or do not want to do the test alone, you can phone one of these organizations. One of the ways they can help you is by being at the other end of the phone while you do the test.

What do I do if the test is positive?

It’s important to know that these days, HIV is an illness for which good medication is available. This medication is free, and in Norway, anyone who needs medication for the HIV virus can get it if they want. You have to take the medication every day for the rest of your life, but this means that you won’t get ill and won’t be able to infect others. If you have HIV but take your medicine, you can live a completely normal life – you can even have children in the normal way if you want. You can read more about HIV here. 

If the test is positive, it means that you may have HIV antibodies, and then you must ask for help from medical personnel, such as your doctor, to verify the result. We recommend that you contact one of the organisations below, and then we can help you with this. If you don’t want to contact us, we recommend that you contact your GP.

For some people, it can be difficult to learn that they have tested positive for HIV on a self-test. Remember that you’re not alone and that we can help you. 

It’s important to remember that the test does not always give the right result. If it has been less than 12 weeks since you were exposed to an HIV risk, the test result can be negative, but you could still have HIV. If the test shows that you have HIV, this could also be a false result. So it’s very important to seek the assistance of medical personnel and do a blood test to confirm whether you have the HIV virus.

Who can help me?

Hivtest.no is a collaboration between four organizations. These organizations can help you with any questions you may have about the test, and they can be with you via chat or phone while you do the test. They can also help you if the test is positive.

Church City Mission

is an organization working in towns all over Norway. We have been working with HIV for more than 30 years. We can help people with HIV, or people who are friends or relatives of someone who has HIV. We can also help you with questions about the self-test or be with you over the phone while you do the test.

 

  • Rapid HIV test – free, anonymous and the results in one minute.  
  • Information about HIV, counselling and guidance. 
  • Courses for migrants, adults and children living with HIV.
  • The chance to meet other people who are living with HIV.
  • Accommodation for people who are living with HIV.

  
Address: Hammersborg Torg 3, NO-0179 Oslo.
Phone: +47 23 12 18 20
E-mail: firmapost.aksept@bymisjon.no

If you need an interpreter, we recommend that you get someone to phone us to say that you need an interpreter, so that we can help you by arranging a telephone interpreter.

  • Rapid HIV test – free, anonymous and the results in one minute.  
  • Information about HIV, counselling and guidance. 
  • The chance to meet other people who are living with HIV.

Address: Klostergata 29 B
Phone: +47 47 47 33 05
E-mail: health@bymisjon.no

If you need an interpreter, we recommend that you get someone to phone us to say that you need an interpreter, so that we can help you by arranging a telephone interpreter.

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  • Rapid HIV test – free, anonymous and the results in one minute.  
  • Information about HIV, counselling and guidance.
  • The chance to meet other people who are living with HIV.


Address: Kong Oscars gate 62
Phone: +47 971 11 876

E-mail: bergen@minuttest.no

If you need an interpreter, we recommend that you get someone to phone us to say that you need an interpreter, so that we can help you by arranging a telephone interpreter.

  • Rapid HIV test – free, anonymous and the results in one minute.  
  • Information about HIV, counselling and guidance. 
  • The chance to meet other people who are living with HIV.

Address: Oslogata 7
Phone: +47 400 31 308
E-mail: minuttest.haugalandet@bymisjon.net

If you need an interpreter, we recommend that you get someone to phone us to say that you need an interpreter, so that we can help you by arranging a telephone interpreter.

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Helseutvalget Foundation

is based in Oslo, but we are also available in other parts of Norway. We have been working with HIV since 1983. We can help you if you have any questions about the self-test, or if you would like someone to talk to. We also have a special talk-and-test service called Sjekkpunkt. It’s free, and you remain completely anonymous. We have trained staff and volunteers who also belong to the target group.
  • Talk-and-test service.
  • Free and anonymous rapid test for HIV and syphilis, with the results in one minute.
  • Information about HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases and guidance.

    You may also see us in bars, saunas and cruising areas.

    Address: Arbeidersamfunnets plass 1 (entrance via Torggata).
    Phone: +47 23 35 72 01
    Anonymous chat: www.helseutvalget.no/sjekkpunkt
  • You can check when we will be offering testing in your area: www.helseutvalget.no/sjekkpunkt
  • We offer regular testing in Bergen – anonymous and free.
  • We also visit Trondheim, Stavanger and Kristiansand.

HivNorge

is the country’s only organisation for patients and their rights, for people living with HIV. We work with the rights and interests of people who are affected by HIV, whether they are living with HIV themselves, are relatives of someone living with HIV, are taking PrEP, are at risk of being infected with HIV or are affected by HIV in any other way. At a political level, our work has helped us to get PrEP in Norway, has resulted in an amendment to the General Civil Penal Code so that people living with HIV can no longer be penalised for having sex, and has ensured that anyone living with HIV can take out life insurance and incapacity insurance.
  • Phone:  +21 31 45 80
  •  Website: www.Hivnorge.no
  •  Christian Krohgs gate 34, Oslo

Skeiv Verden

is a national organisation for LHBTIQ+ people from minority backgrounds. We are an independent organisation that is not affiliated with any religion or political party, and we work to ensure that anyone, regardless of their ethnic or religious origin, can express their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression without experiencing discrimination. Our work is made possible through our dedicated volunteers, members, partners and secretariat. Our volunteers and members come from a wide range of minority backgrounds, both racial and non-racial. Our target group includes asylum-seekers, migrant workers, students, and people born in Norway with a minority background. Skeiv Verden has a focus on providing welcoming and safe arenas where queers from a migrant background can openly be themselves, meet others with similar experiences, obtain support and gain knowledge that makes it easier to be queer with a minority background.

Information about hiv

What is HIV?

HIV is an abbreviation of Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It is an illness that you can get by having sex with someone, that mothers can transmit to children or that you can get through the blood of someone who has the disease. EVERYONE with HIV receives free medication in Norway. If you take the medication, you will be healthy and able to live a normal life and will not be able to infect other people with HIV. If you are an asylum seeker, your application will not be affected by whether you have HIV or not. HIV and AIDS are NOT the same. If you are infected with HIV, you can live a normal life, provided that you get medication. AIDS is a disease that you can develop if you have HIV and do not take the medication. You will die of AIDS if you do not receive medication.

How is HIV transmitted?

  • If you have sex with someone who has HIV and you do not use a condom, you could become infected with HIV.
  • If you use the same syringe as someone who has HIV, you could become infected with HIV.
  • If a pregnant mother has HIV and does not take HIV medication every day, the child could become infected with HIV.
  • Through blood transfusions in some countries (but not in Norway).

How is HIV NOT transmitted?

  • If an HIV-positive person takes their medication every day, and the medicine is working well, they will not transmit HIV. 
  • You will not get HIV through saliva, tears or urine.
  • You will not get HIV by being in someone’s company or through everyday contact with neighbors, friends or family.
  • You will not get HIV if you share food, drink, toilets or showers.
  • You will not get HIV if you kiss or touch other people.
  • You will not get HIV from animals, e.g. mosquitoes.
  • PrEP is a medicine that prevents you from getting HIV. If you have high-risk sex, you can get this medicine from your doctor. Please contact us if you have any questions.

How can I get tested for HIV?

  • HIV often has no symptoms. 
  • The only way you can know whether you have HIV is by having a blood test.
    • You can get a blood test for HIV from your GP or a test clinic. You will get the results after about a week.
    • You can get a rapid test for HIV in several places. It is free, anonymous and you will get the results straight away. 

You can get an HIV self-test in the post through the chat here.

What is it like to live with HIV?

  • Nowadays we say that HIV is a condition that you must live with for the rest of your life. 
  • There are no medicines or ways to get rid of the virus, but good medication means that you will not become ill or die from it.
  • In Norway, everyone with HIV receives free medication.
  • You must take the medicine every day, for the rest of your life.
  • If you take the medicine, and the medicine works well, you will not be able to infect others.
  • If you take the medicine, and the medicine works well, you can conceive a baby in the normal way without infecting your partner or the baby.
  • This means that you can have a life that is as long and healthy as someone who does not have HIV. You can have boyfriends/girlfriends and children, have a job and live a normal and healthy life.
  • There are around 4,000 people with HIV in Norway. In other words, if you have HIV, you are not alone. Absolutely anyone can get HIV, and it does not matter whether you are a man or a woman, what country you come from, or who you have sex with. 
  • Several organizations offer a variety of services all over the country for anyone affected by HIV, and we know that it is not that easy for everyone to live with HIV, even with good medication.

Other sexually transmitted infections:

We also recommend getting tested for other sexually transmitted infections like syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia. You should have a test after you have had unprotected sex when you get a new partner or you have shared sex toys. Not everyone gets symptoms if they have been infected. If you have another sexually transmitted infection, you are at greater risk of being infected with HIV. Your GP can test you for all sexually transmitted infections, or you can get tested at a test clinic.

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