We’re excited to announce that SHOC has partnered with Queensland Positive People (QPP) to host a free RAPID HIV and syphilis testing clinic every Friday 12pm-4pm in SHOC’s St Lucia offices.
The first of its kind to operate in an Australian university, the service will be open to UQ students and staff including international students, students under the age of 18, and Medicare ineligible students on a drop-in basis.
SHOC Gender & Sexuality Counsellor, Mitch Robson hopes the partnership will lead to increased awareness of HIV amongst students and voluntary uptake of HIV testing. “Services like this, that are easy to access, and not very time consuming are vital for allowing more people to be in the know on their own health,” he said.
“Having RAPID on campus takes away all the stigma of going to a specialist clinic to be tested.”
Performed by trained community members the test itself is non-invasive and provides results in 20 minutes or less using a small drop of blood from a finger prick.
Those who take advantage of the free service will avoid uncomfortable Q&A’s and can be assured that neither QPP or SHOC will keep clinical files documenting sexual behavior nor injecting practices or records of appointments.
RAPID testing operates on a drop-in basis between 12pm and 4pm each week.
Queensland Positive People
QPP is a peer-based advocacy organisation committed to actively promoting self-determination and empowerment for all people living with HIV throughout QLD. RAPID, a key QPP service, is a drop-in rapid testing service for HIV and syphilis, targeting individuals who might be living with undiagnosed HIV without linkage to care and access to support.