December 1st is World Aids day.
In this day and age of HIV medication and preventive Prep/Truvada, fewer and fewer people remember that AIDS is a deadly disease that people continue catching and transmitting, particularly among teenagers and young adults who tend to behave irresponsibly by not using condoms.
WRP would like to remind everyone that knowing one’s HIV status is an easy and free process in Paris.
In addition to most hospitals, click here for a list of centers which also provide free or re-imbursed HIV and STD tests.
We particularly like “Le 190” and “Le Checkpoint”, both in downtown Paris.
Checkpoint doesn’t require any appointment on those days: Mondays 1pm to 5pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays 5pm to 9pm, Fridays and Saturdays 3pm to 7pm, at 36 rue Geoffroy l’Asnier, metro Saint Paul (1). Just show up and say you would like to get tested. You’ll get the result right away.
You can now also purchase a self-test from any pharmacy for about 30 euros.
If you discovered that you are positive with HIV, you should know treatment options are entirely free of charge in France. You need to see a doctor to start your treatment right away. Here is a list of English-speaking GPs in Paris:
Dr. Julia Bache: 5 rue Léon Cogniet, 75017 Paris Tel: 01 47 63 42 07
Dr. Gunita Jolly: British Hospital 3, rue de Barbès, 92300 Levallois-Perret Tel: 01 46 39 22 34
Dr. Anne-Valerie Meyers: 10, rue Royale (stairway C, 4th fl), 75008 Paris Tel: 01 42 66 47 82
Dr. Nancy Salzman: 1, avenue Lowendal, 75007 Paris Tel: 01 45 63 18 43
(Metro: Ecole Militaire) .
Dr. Francis Slattery: 10, avenue Eylau, 75116 Paris (Métro Trocadéro) Tel: 01 47 42 02 34
Dr. Stephen Wilson: 54, rue des Archives, 75004 Paris Tel: 01 48 87 21 10
(Métro: Hôtel de Ville or Rambuteau)
Listen again to Paul’s interview of ActUP!’s representative: