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The Hungarian Parliament decided that HIV-positive people have to be centrally registered since the 1st of January 1998.

There are several places in Budapest that offer - what they call anonymous HIV tests - but you must be aware that the practice is different! All the places in Budapest that offer HIV tests can only take the first test anonymous and if this one is positive they must take a second test and must give your name to the health ministerium. As long as this is the case, we recommend to everyone that they should not have a test in Hungary! For the first test they will use a test method that is cheaper. If this one has a positive result, they will use the more expensive test method to verify the results of the first test (which actually sometimes has positive results even if you are HIV negative, called a false positive). We suggest to people to go to Vienna for an anonymous HIV test which is free and truly anonymous (since Austrian laws regarding HIV fortunately has no facsist laws like Hungary). The train takes appr 2 and a half hours to Vienna and you can get cheap return tickets that even include public transport in Vienna. Go to Aids-Hilfe Wien (Testing and counseling) Mondays and Wednesdays 16-20 Thu 9-13, Fridays 14-18 (Please note that you need to be at the reception at least 1 hour before closing time. Sometimes, if too many people are waiting even earlier. As earlier you go as better). Results are available one week later, only in person. It's not possible to get the result in written form. English is OK, German also, but Hungarian unfortunately is not spoken.

Aids Hilfe Haus Wien
6th district, Mariahilfer Gürtel 4, 1060 Wien
(Opposite to Metro station Gumpendorfer Straße on line 6; one stop from west railway station Westbahnhof; from south railway station take tram 18 to the stop Gumpendorfer Straße.)
Phone: +43-1/ 59 93 7
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Web: Visit this link


According to the HIV/AIDS department at the Szent Laszlo Hospital in Budapest, is the only place in Hungary that takes care of people with HIV & AIDS and also the only place where medicines like 3 TC (Lamivudine) AZT Retrovir (Zidovudine) Sustiva (Efavirenz) Crixivan (Indinavir) are available. Tourists can't get the medicines. Only Hungarians or people with a Hungarian residence permit that have Hungarian health insurance may get them. You cannot get them in pharmacies. Also prescriptions from abroad are not accepted.

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AATSZ Anonymous AIDS Association
1113 Budapest, Karolina út 35/b
Phone: +36-1/ 466 92 83
(Bus 212)
Email: Send Email
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Screening of HIV and Hepatitis B and C. If you've decided to have an HIV test talk to them about anonymity first!
Mondays and Wednesdays 5 pm til 8 pm, Tuesdays and Fridays 9 til 12 noon.

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  • Solare wrote in February 2012: Considering the test a prevention (I feel naive now) I went to Anonymaids, which shows a site where the logo is the flag of Hungary. As I entered I immediately saw the unsanitary conditions. I was welcomed by a young man who asked me email and nickname. Then an elderly gentleman in a white shirt opened the door of the 'ambulatory'. My friend asked to come with me and the answer was No. Once inside I noticed that nothing was familiar around: bottles of blood on the table and haphazardly propped tools, dirty gloves here and there. The old man, with trembling hand, tighted my arm with a belt for luggage (no tourniquet) and sprayed my arm with ice spray. Then he took out from a little glass container, a 5cm needle, and linked it to a plastic bottle taken from the table. He took my arm and began to pull it so rude, muttering things in German and Hungarian. At that moment I realized everything and got up and said 'nem' (HUngarian for no). He, as if I were a criminal who escapes from a police check, started chasing me with the needle in his hand, and, by standing, he takes again my arm and pulls it, shouting 'Steryl! It's Steryl.' I gave him a tug, and went out of the room saying to my friend 'Let's run away now.' Once at home I wrote to another NGO to ask if they are aware of this pleasant place, nobody answered. Despite being the only place where the test is anonymous (the first test, because if you are positive, they are still obliged to alert the state after the second test), anonymaids must close. The last vision: a condom in the room pinned with a nail in a board of wood. Excellent.
  • Janos (owner of Magnum Sauna) wrote in February 2012: I have not been to them, but all my experiences with Hungarian health departmants are that they are spartans and run down, but still clean and professional. I, by the way, have never heard complaints of this sort about them. And they have been doing the testing here at Magnum Sauna for a long while now. Always professional.
 
Józsefvárosi Tanácsadó Szolgálat
1084 Budapest, Aurora utca 22-28
Phone: +36-1/ 333-8300
Fax: +36-1/ 333-8300
Testing for HIV and STD's and advice. If you've decided to have an HIV test talk to them about anonymity first!
Open: Mondays until Fridays 8 am until 12 noon and 4 pm until 8 pm, Sayurdays and Sundays closed.

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PLUSS
1570 Budapest, PO Box 184
Phone: +36-1/ 455 81 93
Fax: +36-1/ 279 01 94
Email: Send Email
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Support group for people with HIV and AIDS.

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Szent Sebestyén Ltd.
1062 Budapest, Podmaniczky utca 27, Groundfloor Apartment 10
Phone: +36/ 302 54 73 78 (Mobile)
Testing for HIV and STD's and advice. If you've decided to have an HIV test talk to them about anonymity first!
Wednesdays 7 pm til 9 pm

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Szent László Hospital
Phone: +36-1/ 455 81 00 (call center hospital) +36-1/ 466 92 83 (automatic tape record about hiv and AIDS)
In case of HIV/Aids-related medical problems, Hungary's tourism minister recommends the Szent László Hospital, Department of Immunology.

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