Hivpoint provides services to people living with HIV fleeing the war in Ukraine and offers them support in the challenging situation

Ukrainian flag with dove of peace. Hivpoint logo on it and the text says we stand with Ukraine.

Hivpoint consults and helps people living with HIV fleeing the war in Ukraine, who arrive or reside in Finland, access HIV treatment options. Besides, other free of charge support services and peer support are also offered to people living with HIV.

Hivpoint offers rapid HIV testing for free and anonymously twice a week in Helsinki on Mondays and Thursdays, no appointment needed. The service is provided in Finnish, English and Russian and, when necessary, interpreter’s services are used.

Ukrainian refugees have the right to health care services in Finland

The EU has activated the Temporary Protection Directive to help people fleeing Ukraine.

If a person has a residency permit based on temporary protection, the person is entitled to health services in Finland to the same extent as those who have a place of domicile in Finland (who is a resident of a Finnish municipality). Furthermore, such person has access to the necessary social welfare services as well as to reception allowence. The reception center is responsible for organizing these social and health services. It is also recommended for those who arrive from Ukraine to get tested for HIV, hepatitis B and syphilis within three months after arrival in Finland.

HIV medication is the responsibility of the community or municipality in which the person with HIV will settle. HIV medication is free of charge for those arriving in Finland from Ukraine.

A person arriving from Ukraine can also register as asylum seeker and thereby obtain the right to social and health care services. However, in the first place it is recommended to apply for temporary protection, as this application is processed considerably faster than the asylum application.

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Hivpoint offers support services for people living with HIV free of charge

  • Support and guidance to HIV treatment in Finland
  • Information about HIV treatment in Finland
  • Guidance to social and health care services in Finland
  • Crisis and support discussions
  • Counselling on living with HIV and HIV-related issues
  • Professionally supervised peer support groups
  • Professionally guided course activities promoting wellbeing for people living with HIV and their families

Contact information:

Batulo Essak, batulo.essak@hivpoint.fi, tel. +358 40 778 9861
Service languages: Finnish, English, Russian, Somali
We can also use an interpreter if needed.

Rapid HIV testing service and counselling services at Hivpoint

HIV testing

Mondays 12pm – 4pm
Thursdays 2pm – 6pm

Just walk in, no appointment needed!
Rapid HIV testing service at Hivpoint is anonymous and free of charge. The result is ready in 60 seconds. Opportunity for confidential counselling regarding HIV and other STIs during testing.

HIV testing service is available in Finnish and English. It is possible to use the telephone interpreting service if needed.

Address: Hermannin rantatie 2 B.
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Phone helpline and chat counselling

The national HIV phone helpline +358 207 465 705 is open on Wednesdays from 9.00 am to 11.30 am

The calls are answered by employees of Hivpoint. You can call the helpline when you need support, guidance and counselling regarding HIV or other STIs. You can discuss openly and confidentially about HIV risks and concerns as well as other issues related to sexual health.

Online chat counselling is open on Mondays from 9.00 am to 11.30 am and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12.30 pm to 3.00 pm on our website hivpoint.fi/en

You can discuss openly and confidentially about HIV risks and concerns as well as other issues related to sexual health. You can also ask about the free of charge and anonymous HIV rapid test at Hivpoint´s Helsinki office.

Counselling services are available in Finnish and English.

All services are free of charge!