When you’re planning a visit to a romantic city like Paris, we’re sure HIV is the last thing on your mind. But if you’re visiting the Marais, chances are you’re here to go out and have a few drinks, which can of course sometimes leave you doing something that you worry about the next morning.
There are plenty of other places online offering tips to help keep your sex life safe (and sexy, for that matter), but we do like to tell you what’s on offer in Paris. And sometimes that can mean you want to get a HIV test—without waiting around.
If you’re a visitor from out of town, you likely won’t have your own doctor here in Paris, or time to visit a clinic for a test, where the results can take up to a week to arrive.
Luckily, though, there are two locations close to the centre of the Marais where you can get tested at the weekend, and have the results in just half an hour.
The first is a specialist centre called ‘Checkpoint’ just a few minutes’ walk from the Marais, open to men who have sex with men aged at least 18 (that should cover most people reading this blog!). On Tuesdays and Thursdays you need to make an appointment (by calling ahead of time, so you’ll need some French), but on Mondsays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, you can show up whenever you like. Staffed by a specialist team, you’ll need to give a drop of blood and then wait thirty minutes to receive the results as well as personal advice based on the outcome of your test.
WHAT: Checkpoint HIV Testing Centre
WHERE: 36, rue Geoffroy l’Asnier — métro : Saint Paul
WHEN: Mondays 8 am to 12:30 pm, Wednesdays 1 pm to 10 pm and Fridays and Saturdays 12 noon to 6 pm; by appointment Tuesdays and Thursdays
Figuier Testing Centre
This is one of a network of free, anonymous HIV testing centres run by the City of Paris, with other branches found around the city. It’s open six days a week for appointments, but even then, you don’t need to give a name if you’d prefer to remain anonymous. If even that is too much hassle, then you can show up in the afternoons, but be warned, it can get busy.
WHAT: Figuier HIV Testing Centre
WHERE: 2, rue du Figuier — métro : Saint Paul
WHEN: from Monday to Friday, from 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm; by appointment at other times
For more info about both centres, including contact details, you can read this page on gay blog VeryFriendly.fr (in French).