Get a Kit by The AIDS Network

August 16, 2021

We are proud to announce the launch of  GetaKit by The AIDS Network!

Through GetaKit, you can order a free, rapid HIV testing kit, delivered to your address.

The AIDS Network is piloting GetaKit, an HIV self-test delivery program. GetaKit by The AIDS Network is designed to make HIV self-testing available free for individuals living in the regions we serve (Hamilton, Halton, Haldimand, Norfolk and Brant Ontario). 

You are eligible if you are:

  • Any gender (cisgender, transgender, or non-binary)
  • Any sexual orientation (lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, heterosexual, etc.)
  • Any citizenship status including international student, temporary worker, or non-status
  • Age 16 years or older
  • HIV-negative or don’t know your status
  • Not enrolled in an HIV vaccine trial
  • Not diagnosed with a bleeding disorder

GetaKit by The AIDS Network is a service which aims to increase HIV testing, the frequency of testing, the number of people who know their status, and the number of people linked to treatment and care — all of which contribute to decreasing HIV transmission. Having these accessible and lower barrier HIV tests are particularly important to reduce infection rates in key population groups such as: Gay, bisexual, transmasculine identified individuals and men who have sex with men; People of African, Caribbean and other Black descent; and People who use substances and/or inject drugs. 

If you find you are not eligible for this service, do not worry, there are other opportunities to get tested for free.

GetaKit first launched in Ottawa July 20, 2020 to study the feasibility of a mail-out HIV self-testing program, and is co-led by the University of Ottawa and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN), with support from Ottawa Public Health, MAX Ottawa, AIDS Committee of Ottawa.

Interested in GetaKit by The AIDS Network? Get started at www.getakit.ca/aidsnetwork 

Contact James Diemert, Community Engagement Coordinator at cec@aidsnetwork.ca. If you have questions about this service.