Anonymous HIV testing

An approach to diagnostic HIV testing where no identifying information on the individual getting tested is collected on the test requisition form (although a unique number is included on each requisition). Under the Health Promotion and Protection Act, designated anonymous testing sites are exempt from reporting identifying information on individuals testing HIV-positive to local public health authorities. Anonymous testing was introduced in Ontario in 1992 and expanded in 2006. There are currently 38 active anonymous testing site organizations in Ontario, all of which are provided with rapid/point-of-care tests.

The lack of identifying information means that it is not possible to link anonymous HIV-positive diagnostic tests to viral load tests within the HIV Datamart.