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Projekt finansuje m.st. Warszawa
Fundacja Edukacji Społecznej (FES)
The M·A·C AIDS Fund's
Media Direction OMD
Liquid Code - QUALITY FOR YOU

KEEP CALM AND … GET TESTED FOR HIV!

If you have ever had unprotected sexual contact with someone who doesn’t know their serological status (i.e. never had an HIV test) – you should get tested!

IT’S QUICK

You’ll get the result the same day – they’re available 30 minutes after you’re tested.

IT’S FREE OF CHARGE

No payment, no doctor’s referral, no insurance needed. The test is free – there’s no catch.

IT’S ANONYMOUS

You don’t need to give us any personal information. All results are specially encrypted and all of our employees are bound with professional confidentiality agreements.

When am I most likely to get infected?
  1. During sexual activity - Whenever you have sex without using a condom, including vaginal (passive at more risk), anal (passive at more risk), and/or oral (active at more risk).
  2. During needle or syringe use - Taking drugs using needles or syringes you share with other people.
If you think HIV is not your problem…

If you have ever had unprotected sexual contact with someone who doesn’t know their serological status (i.e. never had an HIV test) – you should get tested!

Here you can also get quick tests for HCV and syphilis.

What‘s the testing procedure like?

  1. Before the test. Before taking the test you will need to talk with an HIV counsellor. They will ask you some questions to get an overall view of your individual situation. The talk is professional, confidential, and you won’t be judged. Our team members are professional, certified HIV/AIDS counsellors, who can help with any questions you have about HIV and AIDS. They also have the training to answer STD related questions; advise you on the meaning of your test result, and about risky behaviour and ways to minimise it.
  2. Performing the test. After the counsellor talks with you they will decide which test is most suitable for you, than you will see a nurse who will take blood from your finger (quick) or vein (standard) depending on your individual situation.
  3. Collecting the test results. If you had the quick test, you can collect your test results after 30 minutes from the same counsellor that you spoke to before your test; but if you had the standard test you will need to pick them up the next day. In both cases, while you’re discussing the results is the best moment for asking additional questions.

Types of test suitable for you

  1. Standard test
    1. Uses a blood sample from your vein
    2. 4th generation test
    3. Checks for p24 proteins and HIV antibodies
    4. Can detect infection after only 3 weeks from the risky situation
    5. Reliable negative result after 12 weeks
    6. You can pick up the test results the next day
  2. Quick test
    1. Uses finger-prick blood test
    2. 3rd generation test
    3. Only checks for HIV antibodies
    4. Reliable result (positive or negative) after 12 weeks from the risky situation
    5. Not recommended for pregnant women (might give a false positive)
    6. You can pick up the test result after 30 minutes

When should I get an HIV test

  • If you’re in a relationship (or were in one) with a partner who was previously sexually active but has never been tested for HIV.
  • If you have taken up sexual contact with random people, without using protection (condoms).
  • If you are taking drugs using shared needles or syringes.

Project Test is a social campaign that has, for about 9 years now, been encouraging Polish people to get tested for HIV. The campaign has also been fighting against the taboos surrounding HIV.

Our main goal is to educate and inform people how important HIV/AIDS prevention is. Every year Polish artists, together with medical specialist, campaign partners, and media, join our campaign to inform Polish society about HIV/AIDS. Symposiums for medical personnel and patients are organized annually, along with special actions that promote the idea of the campaign. The author of Project Test is Agata Kwiatkowska. “In 2009 my friends agreed to support me in, what was then, this crazy idea of creating a social campaign about HIV testing. They agreed to have photos of their faces taken to encourage Polish people to get tested. The idea was to show that it was ordinary and natural, and that it takes as long as drinking a coffee in a coffeehouse” – says Agata Kwiatkowska, the author of the campaign.

Agata Kwiatkowska

Agata Kwiatkowska

Agata - is a director of harm reduction program in Fundation for Social Education. She is responsible for the advocacy, communications and networking and policy engagement activities of Foundation for Social Education. Agata is also engaged in international-level advocacy, in particular at the CND (Special Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, UN) and in civil society capacity building activities. She graduated from Warsaw University with political since master degree and from Warsaw Medical University with public health degree. Currently she is PhD student (University of Warsaw, The Robert B. Zajonc Institute for Social Studies). She deals with drug policy in Poland and the topic of HIV / AIDS and sex education. She is an author of "Project Test", action that encourages Poles to test themselves for HIV, and the "Appeal to Parliamentarians" – a broad social campaign aimed to support decriminalization of possession of small amounts of drugs. Chair of Harm Reduction Forum in Warsaw Medical University. Member of the Polish Society for the Study of Addiction (PTBU - Polish Society of Addiction Research). Author of many social campaigns.

“Project Test was not only an action to encourage people to get tested for HIV – most of all it was citizens’ initiative where dozens of young, educated, aware people showed their faces just to prove that taking the test is something natural and obvious for them. The pictures where signed with words associated with testing, such as: ‘easy’, ‘quick’, ‘safe’, ‘together’, ‘for you’, ‘for me’, ‘after Erasmus’, and many others. The idea of the campaign is to fight against the stereotype ‘it doesn’t concern me’, and to show that getting tested is something obvious”; – adds Kwiatkowska.

Every day we invite Varsovians for free tests for HIV, HCV and syphilis!

Where You can get tested for HIV?

al. Jana Pawła II 45 Warszawa Wola
1ST floor, (above Ziko Pharmacy in Diagnostyka)
Monday till Friday from 4 to 8 p.m
ul. Nugat 3 Warszawa – Ursynów
(near Centrum Medycyna zapobiegawczej i Rehabilitacji)
Monday till Friday from 4 to 8 p.m.
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Locations of free consultation and diagnostic points are on the map above.

Contact

Office Fundacji Edukacji Społecznej
ul. Sewerynów 4 loc. 100, 00-331 Warszawa
(entrance from the street Bartoszewicza)
Monday till Friday from 9 a.m. to 15 p.m
Phone. / Fax 22 646 48 86
E-mail fes@op.pl
The author of the project
Agata Kwiatkowska
Phone. 602 246 324
E-mail a.kwiatkowska@fes.edu.pl
24-hour helpline
Phone. 22 692 82 26 (AIDS)
Phone. 22 621 33 67 (AIDS Green Line)
Phone of trust Pn-Pt 16-20
You have questions you need support
or you just want to talk to someone?
Phone. 800 141 423

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