Swab2know is a new HIV-prevention project of the Institute of Tropical Medicine encouraging the use of free and anonymous HIV-tests.
For the Swab2know project, we use oral fluid (saliva) samples to perform the HIV-test. This new test was designed and validated at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, an official HIV-reference laboratory in Belgium. The test detects antibodies against HIV in the oral fluid.More information and instructional video »
This is a highly secured website.
In the process of registration and ordering a sampling kit, some personal information is requested.
Your name and postal address are only used to send you a kit.
Your email address serves as a unique user on the website, and to inform you about your test result. We may also use your phone number for this purpose. If you don't pick up your result, we may contact you several times by phone. If you don't pick up your result after our attempts, we assume that you don't want to know your result.
All identifiable information in the database is saved encrypted, making it unreadable for others.
Answers to the questions in the survey are analysed anonymously.
If you have recently been exposed to HIV, you can start a treatment with antiretroviral medication. This treatment may prevent you from becoming HIV-positive.
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