HIV Blood Test
Is it for you?
- 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
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.
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One of our team of doctors will review your results and give you personalised advice based on your medical history, lifestyle and health and fitness goals.
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