KnowNow is an exciting and innovative new approach to enabling more people to know their HIV status.
The aim of this community-led free rapid HIV testing pilot is to ensure getting tested for HIV is as simple, accessible and convenient as possible.

A rapid HIV test will deliver a result in 60 seconds, eliminating the stress of waiting a week or more in many other settings.

We offer tests in non-clinical settings such as bars, clubs, saunas and other community settings to men who have sex with men.

Early diagnosis of HIV is key in managing the condition and ensuring that you stay healthy and well.

In addition, HIV is generally transmitted by people who are unaware that they have the virus, so knowing your status can further reduce onward transmission rates

HOW IT WORKS

Tests are performed in a range of venues across Dublin, Limerick & Cork (see calendar for details).

Your test will be anonymous and take place in a private area in our partner venues.

Your test will be administered by trained peer volunteers, who are non-judgemental and will respect your confidentiality.

Registration

On arrival you will be greeted by one of our friendly volunteers. You will be handed a registration form which we ask you to complete.

KnowNow is a confidential and anonymous service and so we do not ask for any identifiable information. All questions on the registration form are used for statistical information so we can better understand those using the service and improve our services accordingly.

Once the form has been completed and you have handed it to the KnowNow volunteer, you will receive a number for your place in the queue.

Keep an eye on the registration table in the venue and return to the table once your number is called.

You will be brought into the private testing area where the test will be performed.

Pre-Test Discussion

Before proceeding with the test you will have a brief discussion with the tester.

The main purpose of the discussion is for the tester to obtain your informed consent. It is also important to ensure that this is the right time and place for you to test and to make clear how test results will be communicated.

The pre-test discussion will generally last no longer than 10 minutes. However, there is no time restriction should you feel you would like to discuss risks further or learn more about HIV.

Following this discussion and if you would like to proceed with testing, you will sign a consent form which gives permission for the tester to perform the test.

The Test

KnowNow uses a Rapid HIV test which gives you a result in 60 seconds, eliminating the stress of waiting a week or more for results.

When you are ready to proceed you can expect the following:

  • The tester will open the INSTI Rapid HIV testing kit and lay out all the items needed to test.
  • The tester will put on a pair of gloves and will ask you to volunteer a finger to use for the test.
  • Your finger tip will be cleaned with an alcohol swab to kill any bacteria on the skin.
  • A one-use lancet is used to gently prick the finger to gather a sample of blood.
  • Your finger will be gently squeezed to allow a sample of blood to be collected in a pipette.
  • This blood is poured into a mixing solution and then poured into the INSTI Rapid HIV testing kit.
  • Two more solutions are poured into the testing kit and allowed to soak through.
  • Once all three solutions have soaked through, a result will develop.
  • Your tester will read the test results to you.

Results

There are 3 possible results.

Negative Indicated by 1 blue dot (as shown).
If your last HIV risk was more than 3 months ago and you receive a negative test result it means that you do not have HIV at this time.
negative

Reactive Indicate by 2 blue dots (as shown).
If you receive a reactive test result this indicates a very high likelihood that you have contracted HIV. It also means you need to have a referral to a sexual health clinic for a confirmatory blood test.
reactive

Void Indicated by anything other than results described above (as shown).
If you receive a void result this means that the test has failed. This is an issue solely with the test kit and not an indication of your HIV status. At this point you may be offered a repeat test or can be linked into a sexual health clinic for testing there.
void

Referral

Receiving a ‘reactive’ result is an indication of your HIV status. A follow-up blood test in a clinical setting is now required to confirm the result.

At KnowNow we have created relationships with local HIV clinical services in the regions in which we operate to ensure that you receive a follow up blood test as soon as possible.

If you receive a ‘reactive’ result and in order for us to refer you to a local HIV clinical service for a confirmatory test, you will be asked to provide contact information i.e. name and number. This is solely for the purpose of linking you into a clinical service and will not be used for any other purpose.

Support

We at KnowNow takes your mental and sexual health & wellbeing very seriously. Our volunteers are trained to offer you support before, during and following the rapid test.

Regardless of your result, should you feel you need further support your tester can offer you information on counselling services, information and support helpline service and sexual health services (including where to avail of PEP) all of which are free to access and respect your confidentiality.

To access information on these services now, see http://man2man.ie/services

VENUES

Dublin

Pantibar

Every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, KnowNow offers rapid HIV testing in the downstairs area of Pantibar on Capel Street.

Testing takes place on a first come first served basis from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Weekends can be particularly busy so try to arrive before 6pm to get a spot.

The George

Every Tuesday evening, KnowNow offers rapid HIV testing in the main venue on George’s Street.

Testing takes place on a first come first served basis from 8 – 10pm. Arrive before 9:45pm to get a spot.

Outhouse

Every Wednesday after work, KnowNow offers rapid HIV testing in Outhouse LGBT community centre on Capel Street.

Testing takes place on a first come first served basis from 6 – 8pm. Arrive before 7:45pm to get a spot.

The Boilerhouse Sauna

Every Sunday evening. KnowNow offers rapid HIV testing to all patrons at the Boilerhouse sauna on Crane Lane from 5 – 8pm.

More Dublin Venues Coming Soon

Cork

Sexual Health Centre Cork

Testing takes place Monday – Friday at Sexual Health Centre, 19 Peters Street, Cork.

Testing in the community takes place regularly. Please see the Upcoming Session calendar for more information.

Limerick

GOSHH Limerick

Testing takes place 7 days a week at GOSHH, Redwood Place, 18 Davis Street, Limerick.

Testing in the community takes place regularly. Please see the Upcoming Session calendar for more information.

FAQ

ABOUT US

Who are we?

Gay HIV Strategies (GHS) is an initiative of the Gay &Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) which focusses on better sexual health outcomes for men who have sex with men (MSM). GHS secured commitment and funding from the Dept. of Health for a national pilot programme to be run in Dublin, Cork and Limerick.

GHS/GLEN in Dublin along with the Sexual Health Centre in Cork and GOSHH in Limerick are working together to design and manage the pilot.

One of the main elements of the pilot, particularly in Dublin, is that the programme will be community & peer based – delivered by a team of gay and bisexual men for gay and bisexual men in venues these men feel comfortable in attending.

Volunteers have been recruited from a range of ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. All men receive full comprehensive training and are bound by the project’s confidentiality agreement.

For more information, please see our FAQ section or contact adam@knownow.ie.

Volunteer With Us

If you are interested in volunteering with the KnowNow Rapid HIV testing project in Dublin, please click here


The project is managed by GLEN.
www.glen.ie

SUPPORT

PEP

PEP should be started where a potential exposure to HIV has been within 72 hours. The sooner PEP is started the more effective it is. PEP is available at all STI clinics attached to a hospital.

Attendance at any Emergency Department nationwide should only be if you cannot make it to an STI clinic within 72 hours of exposure. (Attending an Emergency Department without a referral letter or medical card may cost €100).

If a sexual assault took place you can self-refer to the nearest Sexual Assault Treatment Unit in Dublin, Cork & Limerick. PEP can be supplied here.

Counselling

Free counselling available for those newly diagnosed from the following organisations:

Gay Men’s Health Service                                                
c/o Outhouse, 105 Capel Street
Dublin 1
Telephone: 01 8734952

HIV Ireland
70 Eccles Street
Dublin 7
Telephone: 01 873 3799

Sexual Health Centre, Cork                                            
16 Peter’s Street
Cork
Telephone: 021 427 6676

Redwood Place,
18 Davis Street,
Limerick
Telephone: 061 316661

Helplines

National Drugs, Alcohol & HIV Helpline
1800 459 459

Gay Switchboard Ireland
01 872 1055
ask@gayswitchboard.ie
Online chat @ gayswitchboard.ie

LGBT Helpline 
1890 929 539

For further information and service for MSM sexual health, please visit www.man2man.ie

Full Free STI Screen

Gay Men’s Health Service – Baggot Street Hospital Dublin – Walk In Service – 01 669 9553
Monday’s 2 – 4pm (if you have no symptoms)
Tuesday & Wednesday (will see all MSM) Entry to the waiting room is at 4.30pm. They begin triage from 5.00pm. Doctors & Nurses begin from 5.30pm. They will attempt to see all those admitted by 8:30pm.

GUIDE Clinic – St. James’s Hospital Dublin – Walk In Service – 01 4162315
Mondays from 9:00am (present at 8:00am for tickets)
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. (present from 8:30am for tickets and return in the afternoon for the clinic)

HIV Ireland – 70 Eccles Street, Dublin – Walk In Service – 01 873 3799
Second and fourth Wednesdays of every month. Doors open 1:00pm. Places are limited and allocated on a first come first served basis.

South Infirmary Victoria University Hospital – Old Blackrock Road, Cork – Appointment Only – 021 496 6844
Monday to Thursday 9:00am to 12:30pm and Wednesdays 2:00pm to 4:30pm.

Sexual Health Centre, Cork – 16 Peter’s Street, Cork – Appointment Only – 021 427 6676
Wednesday Evenings – This service has a fee of €50.

University Hospital Limerick – Appointment Only – 061 482 382
Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00am (also some Fridays from 9:00am)

Upcoming Sessions

July 2017

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
1
  • Pantibar, Capel Street, 4:30 - 6:30pm
2
  • Pantibar, Capel Street, 4:30 - 6:30pm
  • Boilerhouse, Crane Lane 5pm - 8pm
3
  • GOSHH, Redwood Place, 18 Davis Street, Limerick.
  • Sexual Health Centre, 19 Peters Street, Cork.
4
  • GOSHH, Redwood Place, 18 Davis Street, Limerick.
  • Sexual Health Centre, 19 Peters Street, Cork.
  • The George Bar, George's Street, 8pm - 10pm
5
  • GOSHH, Redwood Place, 18 Davis Street, Limerick.
  • Sexual Health Centre, 19 Peters Street, Cork.
  • Outhouse LGBT Community Centre, 6pm - 8pm.
6
  • GOSHH, Redwood Place, 18 Davis Street, Limerick.
  • Sexual Health Centre, 19 Peters Street, Cork.
7
  • GOSHH, Redwood Place, 18 Davis Street, Limerick.
  • Sexual Health Centre, 19 Peters Street, Cork.
8
  • Pantibar, Capel Street, 4:30 - 6:30pm
9
  • Pantibar, Capel Street, 4:30 - 6:30pm
  • Boilerhouse, Crane Lane 5pm - 8pm
10
  • GOSHH, Redwood Place, 18 Davis Street, Limerick.
  • Sexual Health Centre, 19 Peters Street, Cork.
11
  • GOSHH, Redwood Place, 18 Davis Street, Limerick.
  • Sexual Health Centre, 19 Peters Street, Cork.
  • The George Bar, George's Street, 8pm - 10pm
12
  • GOSHH, Redwood Place, 18 Davis Street, Limerick.
  • Sexual Health Centre, 19 Peters Street, Cork.
  • Outhouse LGBT Community Centre, 6pm - 8pm.
13
  • GOSHH, Redwood Place, 18 Davis Street, Limerick.
  • Sexual Health Centre, 19 Peters Street, Cork.
14
  • GOSHH, Redwood Place, 18 Davis Street, Limerick.
  • Sexual Health Centre, 19 Peters Street, Cork.
15
  • Pantibar, Capel Street, 4:30 - 6:30pm
16
  • Pantibar, Capel Street, 4:30 - 6:30pm
  • Boilerhouse, Crane Lane 5pm - 8pm
17
  • GOSHH, Redwood Place, 18 Davis Street, Limerick.
  • Sexual Health Centre, 19 Peters Street, Cork.
18
  • GOSHH, Redwood Place, 18 Davis Street, Limerick.
  • Sexual Health Centre, 19 Peters Street, Cork.
  • The George Bar, George's Street, 8pm - 10pm
19
  • GOSHH, Redwood Place, 18 Davis Street, Limerick.
  • Sexual Health Centre, 19 Peters Street, Cork.
  • Outhouse LGBT Community Centre, 6pm - 8pm.
20
  • GOSHH, Redwood Place, 18 Davis Street, Limerick.
  • Sexual Health Centre, 19 Peters Street, Cork.
21
  • GOSHH, Redwood Place, 18 Davis Street, Limerick.
  • Sexual Health Centre, 19 Peters Street, Cork.
22
  • Pantibar, Capel Street, 4:30 - 6:30pm
23
  • Pantibar, Capel Street, 4:30 - 6:30pm
  • Boilerhouse, Crane Lane 5pm - 8pm
24
  • GOSHH, Redwood Place, 18 Davis Street, Limerick.
  • Sexual Health Centre, 19 Peters Street, Cork.
25
  • GOSHH, Redwood Place, 18 Davis Street, Limerick.
  • Sexual Health Centre, 19 Peters Street, Cork.
  • The George Bar, George's Street, 8pm - 10pm
26
  • GOSHH, Redwood Place, 18 Davis Street, Limerick.
  • Sexual Health Centre, 19 Peters Street, Cork.
  • Outhouse LGBT Community Centre, 6pm - 8pm.
27
  • GOSHH, Redwood Place, 18 Davis Street, Limerick.
  • Sexual Health Centre, 19 Peters Street, Cork.
28
  • GOSHH, Redwood Place, 18 Davis Street, Limerick.
  • Sexual Health Centre, 19 Peters Street, Cork.
29
  • Pantibar, Capel Street, 4:30 - 6:30pm
30
  • Pantibar, Capel Street, 4:30 - 6:30pm
  • Boilerhouse, Crane Lane 5pm - 8pm
31
  • GOSHH, Redwood Place, 18 Davis Street, Limerick.
  • Sexual Health Centre, 19 Peters Street, Cork.

YOUR SEXUAL HEALTH

Now that you know your HIV status, we recommend that you connect with a clinical service so that you can have a full STI screen. Many STIs do not cause symptoms and so men who have sex with men are encouraged to have an STI screen at least twice a year. Also, if you have noticed any symptoms or have been told that someone you have had sex with has an infection – you should seek an STI screen as soon as you can. For a full list of free STI screening services see www.man2man.ie/free-testing-map