• This program is for:

    Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM).

  • Costs & Fees

    There is no cost for this program.

  • Location

    Centre for Sexuality
    700 – 1509 Centre St SW

  • Hours & Availability

    Wednesdays & Thursdays
    3:30 to 7:30 pm

    1:00 to 3:00 pm

  • How to Register

    Choose your appointment from the online booking form on this page.

  • Contact Us

    Contact Us

STI Testing for gbMSM

We are now offering limited appointments for vaccination against monkeypox (MPX) at our clinic! For more information, please scroll down to the “Book an Appointment” section. When booking an appointment, select “MPX Vaccine Nurse” in the booking system.

Rapid HIV & STI Testing

In partnership with Alberta Health Services’ Safeworks, we are happy to offer rapid HIV and STI testing for gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) at the Centre for Sexuality.

In addition to standard STI testing, the clinics also offer rapid HIV tests, so guys can know their status in less than a minute. Guys can also get vaccinations for things like Hepatitis A & B, and the HPV vaccine for guys 26 and under. Best of all, our services are all free!

When: Wednesday and Thursdays from 3:30 to 7:30 pm and Fridays from 1:00 to 3:00 pm
Where: Centre for Sexuality office (700 – 1509 Centre St SW)

If you have any questions about the services offered at the clinics, please contact our Gay Men’s Health Specialist, Nolan Hill at nhill@centreforsexuality.ca

Book an Appointment

At this time, our clinic is operating by appointment only to help reduce the number of clients in our office space. Our appointments open one week in advance and often fill up fast. Appointments are booked using the system below.

If there are no appointments available with Nurse 1, check Nurse 2. If neither nurse has available appointments, this means the appointments are either full or not available for booking (it is more than one week in advance of the appointment time)

When you book an appointment, you will receive an email confirmation with details about what to expect when you arrive at the clinic. Please review this information carefully to be best prepared for your testing appointment.

If you can’t make an appointment, you can still come for a drop-in. These slots often fill up fast, so we recommend getting here early for your best chance of being seen.

We do our best to see as many guys as possible but can’t guarantee that you will be seen. You can call in advance to ask us about the wait time by calling 403-283-5580 (press 0).

Monkeypox Vaccines (MPX)

We are now offering limited appointments for vaccination against monkeypox (MPX) at our clinic for eligible Albertans 18+.

To be eligible, you must self-identify as meeting the below eligibility criteria:

  • A trans, cis, non-binary, or Two Spirit person who identifies as gay, bi, pan, queer or another man who has sex with men (gbMSM) AND meet at least one of the following:
    • have received a recent (i.e. in the last 12 months) diagnosis of an STI
    • in the past 90 days had sex outside of a mutually monogamous relationship, or are planning to
    • in the past 90 days, have attended a bathhouse/sex club or plan to attend one
  • Any sexual contacts of the individuals described above
  • Staff and volunteers at places such as bathhouses or sex clubs
  • Self-identified sex workers, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation

As of October 19th, we are offering appointments for both first and second doses, provided that an individual received their first dose at least 28 days prior to their second. Your eligibility for a second dose will be confirmed with a nurse at your appointment. Please ensure you bring your Alberta Health Care Card with you.

If you would like to book an appointment with another AHS Clinic or have any further questions, please call HealthLink at 1-866-301-2668.

If you have any questions about your eligibility or the appointment booking process, please contact the Gay Men’s Health Specialist at nhill@centreforsexuality.ca

More Information about Testing

What is an HIV Test?

An HIV test requires drawing blood from a person in order to look for the presence of HIV antibodies in the blood. If the test discovers HIV antibodies in the blood then the person is HIV-positive, if the test does not discover antibodies then the person is HIV-negative. It is important to know that the body of a person infected with HIV can take some time to start producing antibodies. During this time (between 3 weeks and 3 months) a person’s HIV test may still turn up negative; this is often called the “window period”. It takes about a week to get the result from a regular lab HIV test, and a matter of minutes to get your result from a point-of-care or ”rapid” test.

What is an STI Test?

In addition to receiving an HIV test, men can be tested for: gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis, and hepatitis (A, B, C). Testing for syphilis and hepatitis involves blood being drawn, while testing for gonorrhea and chlamydia requires swabbing of the throat and rectum as well as a urine test. Like with HIV testing, it will take a week to get the results from your STI test.

How Often Should I Get Tested?

How often you get tested depends on your sexual activity. Guys who are sexually active should routinely get tested for HIV and STIs every 12 months. For guys who are having anal sex without condoms with multiple and/or anonymous partners, or with someone whose HIV status is either unknown or opposite to their own should get tested more often (i.e., every 3-6 months).