How do I ask my partner to get an HIV test if they do not want one?

Although you cannot force someone to get an HIV test if they do not want one, here are some tips you can use to suggest your partner get one.



1. Lets say that you have already gotten an HIV test, and you would like your partner to get one too. One way to suggest it is to tell them that you have already been tested and you would like them to do the same.

2. Suggest that you go together. The AIDS Committee of Guelph and Wellington County does anonymous (you do not have to give your name)/rapid (you will get your results within minutes) testing every Wednesday afternoon from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, no appointment necessary. Click here for places you can get tested. It may help make your partner feel more comfortable, knowing that you are going with them. Even if you’ve already had an HIV test, it’s okay to get tested again.

It’s important to know that you have every right to insist on a condom, or refuse sex to protect your sexual health. Remember, this is your body, your body only, and this is the only body you have. It belongs to you and you are allowed to do whatever you have to do to take care of it. If your partner continues to refuse to take an HIV test, you cannot force them. The best thing you can do is to take steps to protect your own sexual health. Click here for instructions on how to put on a condom.

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Cassandra Sheppard
Hepatitis C Outreach Coordinator