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HIV Blood Test

HIV Blood Test


A confidential finger-prick HIV blood test which can be taken from 4 weeks after exposure in the comfort of your own home.
Blood sample 1 biomarker included Results estimated in 3 working days from sample receipt at lab
HIV Blood Test
HIV Blood Test
HIV Blood Test
HIV Blood Test
HIV Blood Test

Is it for you?

Have you engaged in risky behaviour like unprotected sex or needle sharing and want to check your HIV status? Have you or has your partner tested positive for another STI? Do you want to rule out HIV before getting pregnant or starting fertility treatment? Our discreet and confidential HIV test is for anyone who wants to check whether they have been infected with the HIV virus.

What's included?

Biomarker profile

  • HIV

HIV (1 Biomarker)

Special instructions

Prepare for your HIV Blood Test by following these instructions. Take your test at least 4 weeks after any possible HIV exposure, a repeat test is recommended at 12 weeks. Do not take biotin supplements for two days before this test, discuss this with your doctor if it is prescribed.

From the expert

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a viral infection which is usually caught by having unprotected vaginal or anal sex with an infected person. It can also be passed on through blood (e.g. by sharing needles) and a mother can pass it on to her baby during pregnancy and through breast milk. HIV cannot be transferred by kissing, touching or through sweat or urine.

The virus attacks the body's immune defences, gradually weakening its ability to resist infection and illness. If left untreated it can lead to the development of AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) when the immune system becomes severely compromised.

We recommend taking this test from 4 weeks after potential exposure. The result will give a good indication of your HIV status, but a small proportion of people tested at this stage will show false positive or negative results - you may have been infected for example but have not yet produced an antibody response which can be detected by testing. This test also tests for p24 antigen - combining an antibody and antigen test improves the chances of finding an infection sooner after exposure.

The test should be repeated to confirm the result at 12 weeks post-exposure. By this time virtually all infected people (99.97%) will have produced antibodies that can be detected.

You can find out more about HIV and other STIs on our sexual health information page.

Dr Sam Rodgers MBBS, MRCGP
Chief Medical Officer

Why take this test?

  • You have had unprotected sex and want to check for HIV
  • You have been notified by a previous partner that they have tested positive for HIV
  • You need an HIV test for your job or occupation
  • You are pregnant or about to undergo IVF fertility treatment and have been advised to get an HIV test

Laboratories you can trust

Trusted by the NHS and private clinics alike, you can be sure of the highest testing standards from our UKAS accredited partner laboratories.

Dr Sam Rodgers - Chief Medical Officer

Expert advice with your results

Get trusted advice and comments from one of our doctors based on your results.

Your personal health centre

Your personal health centre

Discover the easy way to track your health through our online portal, View your results with doctor's advice, monitor any changes over time and see the improvements you can make to your health with simple lifestyle changes.

Questions? Let us help
Questions? Let us help

Questions? Let us help

Our customer care team is on-hand to help you find the test that's right for you. Get in touch via phone, live chat or email.


Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.