The New Zealand AIDS Foundation (NZAF) has established an outreach clinic to offer up quick testing services and counseling on K' Road.
FASTesting for human immunodeficiency virus, syphilis and hep C will be offered to any person who feels they may have been exposed.
All examinations are free of cost, secret, administered by specialists and will give results in just 20 minutes.
The examinations do not necessitate a blood sample but in its place utilize a single drop of blood taken from a fingertip.
Shaun Robinson, NZAF Executive Director, stated "Rainbow Youth asked us to consider an outreach clinic for testing and counselling on K' Road and we found a space in TRANX, a community-based alcohol and drug treatment service. This clinic gives us an opportunity to provide a service focussed on young people and people who use drugs - both groups of people that research shows are less likely to use condoms and therefore need to be testing for HIV, syphilis and hep C."
Shaun Robinson also said that the K' Road outreach clinic, the South Auckland outreach clinic and the HIV and the sexual health examination conducted at 2012's Get it On! Big Gay Out are part of a planned push to augment testing.
For individuals whose examination outcomes are positive, the news is not all bad, Robinson said.
"Syphilis is completely curable and these days, there is very effective treatment for HIV and hep C too. But you can't be treated until you've been tested."
The NZAF Testing Clinic will be held every Tuesday, 9.30-1.30pm at TRANX, 2nd floor, La Gonda Building, 203 Karangahape Road, Auckland 1010.
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