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Who we are?

The Social Education Foundation has been raising awareness about social problems and public health for 21 years. We conduct educational activities in the field of mental and psychosexual health, counteracting addictions to psychoactive substances and behavioral addictions.

We provide comprehensive prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, offering common, free and anonymous tests since 2004. We also offer broad psychological, legal and social support for people living with HIV.

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Self-administered home HIV test

A home HIV test is a good option if you have difficult access to testing centers in Poland. It is a 3rd generation test i.e. a rapid screening test that detects anti-HIV antibodies. You can do it by pricking your fingertip according to the instructions, and you will get the result in 15 minutes or after 1 minute (depending on the manufacturer). HIV tests shipped by the Foundation for Community Education may have different manufacturers. Always read the test instructions. The Foundation guarantees that each has high efficacy (sensitivity and specificity) and has been approved for distribution in Poland.

NOTE! If you are living with HIV and have an undetectable viral load, please get tested for HIV by your attending physician. In such cases, a rapid HIV test will always react.

Worth knowing!

You can become infected with HIV when a potentially infectious fluid comes into contact with mucous membranes, damaged skin (a fresh, open wound), or is injected directly into our bloodstream (e.g. by sharing needles).

Infectious fluids:

  • blood
  • sperm
  • vaginal and cervical secretions
  • pre-ejaculate
  • breast milk

You cannot get HIV by kissing, hugging, sharing the same towels, or biting a mosquito.

You will NOT get HIV from a person living with HIV who is undergoing treatment and has an undetectable viral load*.

*viremia – the level of viral copies in the blood.

Yes. Treatment of HIV infection involves taking antiretroviral medications every day, usually one tablet. These medicines are designed to inhibit the replication (multiplication) of the virus in the body, so that the virus does not damage the immune system of the infected person.

A person living with HIV who takes medication regularly has an undetectable viral load*.. This condition makes it impossible for an HIV+ person to infect another person.


*Undetectable viral load – in the blood of a person living with HIV, the genetic material of the HIV virus cannot be determined as a result of treatment.

An HIV+ person who is being treated may:

  • Have satisfying sexual contacts.
  • Give birth to HIV-negative children.
  • Have a long and happy life.

Infectious fluids (see “How you can become infected with HIV”), HIV+ people with undetectable viral loadare no longer infectious and contact with them will not cause HIV infection.

The average life expectancy of a person who is quickly diagnosed with HIV infection and starts antiretroviral treatment is comparable to the life expectancy of an uninfected person.

Treatment of HIV infection in Poland is carried out by specialists in infectious diseases, takes place in Immunodeficiency Treatment Clinics and is reimbursed under the Health Policy Program of the Minister of Health entitled: “Antiretroviral treatment of people living with HIV in Poland”.

Have you taken an HIV test and your result is negative? Great. Take care of preventive measures, use condoms and/or get on PrEP!

Remember that a properly used condom protects against HIV infection 100% from the beginning to the end of sexual contact. A condom can also reduce the risk of getting other sexually transmitted infections.

HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) – involves taking antiretroviral medications to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV infection. These medicines are used on a doctor’s order in HIV-uninfected people before exposure to infection (e.g. before sex or injection of a substance) and for some time after exposure.

Patients using PrEP correctly gain protection (86 – 99%) against HIV infection.

Keep in mind that PrEP does not protect against other sexually transmitted diseases.
Want to learn more? Visit the prep.edu.pl website.

Are you looking for a trusted place to get PrEP in Warsaw?
Make an appointment at the Preventive Medicine and Rehabilitation Center at ul. Nougat 3 in Warsaw.

doctor Karolina Lisek – infectious disease specialist at the Provincial Infectious Diseases Hospital in Warsaw, HIV/AIDS advisor

Thursdays 4 pm – 7 pm (by appointment)

Place under the patronage of the Social Education Foundation, more information can be found here

About our


There are places in Poland where an HIV test cannot be done free of charge or the wait for the result is very long. We want to change that! Because this test saves lives!

As the Social Education Foundation, we have been educating people in Poland and Europe about sexually transmitted infections (STI), providing free and anonymous HIV testing and support for people living with HIV. Our goal is to provide universal access to testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, i.e. syphilis or HCV. We want everyone to be able to take charge of their sexual health!

As part of the “Order HIV Test” campaign, you can order a free HIV test for self-testing at home. The Foundation’s project was created so that people with difficult access to testing points or financial resources can take care of their health. This is only possible with the support of sponsors and your 1.5%. Together we can do more.

Want to know more about what we do? Take a look here

Your stories #selftestFES

We want to talk about our campaign as widely as possible to reach those we can support. That’s why we are on the radio, television and, above all, on social media, where everyone can talk about our campaign. We strongly count on your support. Share your impressions, retweet and share your stories. You are our voice, and together we will go even further.

Looking for an answer?

We realize that the decision to take the test may be accompanied by many questions.
We have collected the most frequently asked questions in a Q&A list that will dispel your doubts
and allow you to clearly go through the entire process.

Perform a home rapid HIV test 12 weeks after the last risky event (e.g. sex without condom protection, contact with another person’s blood). This is the time needed for our body to produce antibodies that are detected by a rapid third-generation test.

  1. 1. Complete the anonymous risk assessment survey.
  2. Please provide your shipping details.
  3. Click order HIV test.

Your shipment should reach you within 5 business days. The HIV test is sent discreetly, no one will see the contents of the shipment. Domowe testy w kierunku HIV wysyłane są poprzez jedynie poprzez InPost (może ulec to zmianie).

You can only order one test at a time. Nie zdążyłeś zamówić testu? Give it a try next week!

Order wisely! The number of tests is limited. Free home tests are for everyone. If you have the opportunity to use the Consultation and Diagnostic Centers in your area or buy the test yourself, do it. A free home HIV test can save the life of a person who does not have such options.

The HIV test does not require any special preparation! You don’t have to be on an empty stomach. 30 minutes before taking the test, you can drink 0.5 liters of water. A moment before pricking your finger, warm your hands and massage your finger – this will make it easier to collect the drop of blood needed to perform the test.

Important! Do not eat, drink, smoke or brush your teeth 30 minutes before taking your gingival HIV test.

No. Home tests work on the same principle as rapid screening tests performed in centers. Consultation and Diagnostic Points and laboratories may also offer additional venous blood tests (4th generation tests), which provide a reliable result that excludes HIV infection if performed 6 weeks after a risky situation (unlike third generation cassette tests, which provide reliable result and exclude HIV infection if performed 12 weeks or later after the risky situation.

Test na HIV z krwi to łatwy sposób na wykonanie badania w domu. Nie musisz oddawać krwi w laboratorium ani odsyłać jej do nas. Wystarczy, że nakłujesz opuszkę palca dołączonym do zestawu nakłuwaczem. Następnie przeniesiesz kilka kropli krwi w miejsce wyznaczone przez producenta. Do każdego testu na HIV załączona jest instrukcja, która przeprowadzi Cię krok po kroku przez badanie. Fundacja Edukacji Społecznej wysyła testy różnych producentów, dlatego sposób wykonania każdego z testów może trochę się różnić. Boisz się widoku igieł? Bez obaw. Nakłuwacz dołączony do zestawu, skonstruowany jest tak, by był łatwy w użyciu. Igła w nim jest niewidoczna.

Do you want to take a test at a stationary facility?

No problem! Everything is done anonymously, free of charge and lightning fast, just 15 minutes.
Additionally, to ensure high quality of services, in both PKDs the last customer is accepted half an hour before the center closes.
See where you can go and take the test on-site.

ul. Nugat 3

(at the Center for Preventive Medicine and Rehabilitation)

Opening hours:
Monday-Friday: 4 pm – 8 pm (last download 7:30 pm)
Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm (last download 1:30 pm)

NOTE! In order to ensure high quality counseling,
in both CACs the last customer is admitted half an hour before the testing center closes.

ul. Marszałkowska 68/70

(in “DIAGNOSTYKA” premises)

Opening hours:
Monday-Friday: 4 pm – 8 pm (last download 7:30 pm)

NOTE! In order to ensure high quality counseling,
in both CACs the last customer is admitted half an hour before the testing center closes.

You are from another town? Check where the center in your area is located:

How to support the Foundation?

Do you want to help us work to prevent HIV and support people living with HIV?
You can do this in several ways:

Donate 1.5% of your tax. Our company registration number [KRS] is: 0000111176

Make a donation to the Social Education Foundation’s account.
Account number 88 2490 0005 0000 4530 8538 5076

The Social Education Foundation undertakes to allocate all funds received for its statutory purposes.

The Social Education Foundation is a non-governmental organization referred to in Article 3 paragraphs 2 and 3 of the Act on public benefit activities and volunteering (Journal of Laws No. 96, item 873) and conducts the activities specified in Article 4 paragraph 1 of this Act.

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