A HIV test is used to determine if someone is HIV positive.
At DHIVERSE we offer FREE instant (know your result in 60 seconds) HIV tests in a confidential, friendly and relaxed environment with follow up support. For more information contact Grant Chambers on 01223 508805 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Many people choose to go to a sexual health (or GUM) Clinic to have an HIV test. The test is FREE and completely CONFIDENTIAL, and will not be passed on to any other part of the NHS without your permission (it will not go on your GP’s medical records). You can access any sexual health clinic; you do not need to go to the closest. DHIVERSE can support you both with your visit to a sexual health clinic and once you receive your results.
For a list of sexual health clinics and information please click here.
There are a number of different HIV tests available. There are tests where you can get the results within 2 weeks, 20 minutes and even a 60 second test.
Although a HIV test can determine if someone is HIV positive, they are subjected to a ‘window period’. If a test is taken too early, it may give a false negative result. This means that the test states that you are HIV negative when in fact you may actually be HIV positive. Many sexual health clinics use a window period of 12 weeks. This means that you may need to wait up to 12 weeks after your perceived risk before taking a test. Different tests are more sensitive than others, and therefore the window period may not be 12 weeks, but will depend on the test. The service providing your test will be able to give you more information about this.
We understand that getting tested can be stressful and may bring up lots of thoughts and emotions. If you need support with going for a test DHIVERSE can help. If you do receive a positive result, DHIVERSE is here to provide you with additional support. We will be able to talk with you about your diagnosis and will be able to help you understand what living with HIV involves. DHIVERSE believes that everyone should be aware of their own HIV status.
- An early diagnosis means you have a much better your chance of staying healthy and living a normal lifespan.
- Help reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to others
- Alleviate the stress and anxiety of thinking that you may be infected but not knowing
- Pregnant women who test positive for HIV can take action to prevent their baby from becoming infected with HIV.
- If your test shows you don’t have HIV you can make decisions and take steps that will help you remain HIV free.
- In conclusion ‘it is better to know’ if you are HIV positive or negative because it gives you a peace of mind knowing the facts. This can give you a chance to take more control over your life and plan your way forward.