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HIV testing in Ontario

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HIV is the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). Being infected with HIV is often called "living with HIV" or being "HIV positive".

In Ontario, there are two ways to get tested for HIV infection: nominal testing and anonymous testing.

Your "informed consent" is required before you are tested for HIV. This means it is your choice to be tested or not. You must be told about the test and about what can happen after you get tested. You should also be offered pre- and post-test counselling. If someone tests you for HIV without your informed consent, you may want to get legal advice.