Dr Ismael Maatouk

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The HIV POC (Point of care) test

The HIV POC test detects antibodies that develop within three months after exposure to HIV. Standard HIV antigen-antibody testing is more likely to detect infection during seroconversion, the time during which a person first develops antibodies for HIV. Either test should be repeated 12 weeks after a high-risk exposure.

If you might have had a recent exposure to HIV, contact us immediately

Do you think you might have been at risk of contracting HIV? At our clinic we can give you the test quickly, confidentially and free of charge.

It only takes a simple painless finger prick, and in just 20 minutes you will have your results.

If the test result is negative:

This means that no virus antibodies were detected. Despite this, in order to totally rule out a HIV infection at least 3 months should have gone by since the time a person might have been exposed to the virus. However, with the new generation tests this period can sometimes be shortened. If you have any doubts, we will be happy to clarify them.

If the test result is positive:

Keep in mind that today, antiretroviral treatments enable people with HIV to have a life expectancy and quality of life equal to that of the rest of the population. We offer you the support and counselling you need to deal with this situation in the best conditions.

Nevertheless, a positive HIV test result always needs to be confirmed by means of a second test.

If the second test result comes out positive as well, then we will be at your side to offer you guidance as to what you need to do from that moment on. 

How often should you get tested?

If you are a sexually active person, it is advisable that you take the HIV test at least once or twice a year. If you have several partners or you don’t always use a condom, consider taking the test every 3 months.

An early HIV diagnosis offers many advantages regarding clinical treatment options and how the infection evolves.

Other tests

We can also test and treat you for other STIs.

  • Rapid syphilis test.
  • Chlamydia testing and treatment.
  • Gonorrhea testing and treatment.
  • Testing for hepatitis B/C.

Vaccinations

We run a free of benefits and confidential vaccination programme for hepatitis A/B and HPV.

If you want to get vaccinated, simply ask for an appointment and clarify that you need a vaccine. 

PrEP-PEP services (Urgent cases)

We offer (since 2015) a regular (or an urgent) service for Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) 24/7.

PrEP services can be discussed in a regular appointment. 

Services for people living with HIV

We run a comprehensive programme of services which cater specifically to people living with HIV, including personalised support and counselling sessions as well as group information sessions.  

Our STI service ensures equitable access to essential medical products, vaccines and technologies of assured quality, safety, efficacy and cost-effectiveness, and their scientifically sound and cost-effective use. There is no difference in gender, religious, sexual orientation, economic status at our clinic. Please respect this sacred rule! 

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