If you’re not in need of professional counselling but you would like the opportunity to talk to someone about e.g. your diagnosis, how you’re managing your HIV, adhering to your medication, how you’re feeling day by day, problems with accessing other support or services, our Emotional Support Volunteers are here to listen and support you.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, how and when you’d like someone to contact you.
However, if you think you need professional counselling please visit this link on our website for more information.
Befriending for people living with HIV
The Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) recently launched their befriending service for people living with HIV in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.
For further information on what the service entails, or to self refer to the service please contact THT on:
T: 07468 725947
Address: Mill House, Arbury, Cambridge CB1 3DF
A HIV test is used to determine if someone is HIV positive and taking a HIV test has never been simpler.
Knowing your HIV status puts you in control of your health and means you can access the medical treatment and support you need to stay well. With early diagnosis, treatment and healthcare, people living with HIV can expect a normal life expectancy and an undetectable viral load. You can only know your HIV status by taking a HIV test.
HIV tests are not able to detect HIV immediately after you have been infected. The most up to date intravenous blood tests available at sexual health clinics can reliably detect HIV after 4-6 weeks. Simple finger prick tests, such as those available at Dhiverse, can take up to 12 weeks after exposure to detect the virus.
If you think you may have been exposed to HIV within the last 72 hours you may want to go to a sexual health clinic or Accident and Emergency to talk about the possibility of ‘PEP’ (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis). PEP is HIV medication you take after you have had an exposure. It’s a combination of HIV drugs which can be used to reduce the likelihood of a HIV negative person getting HIV after they have been exposed to the virus.
Testing at a Sexual Health Clinic
Sexual health clinics remain open during the pandemic but they have changed how they deliver their services. Please call 0300 300 3030 to book an appointment, please don’t just turn up.
Many people choose to go to a sexual health clinic to have an HIV test. Again, 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. Different places offer different tests e.g. instant tests and tests where results are in a couple of days or longer.
For details of sexual health clinics that provide HIV testing in Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and other parts of East Anglia please click here https://www.icash.nhs.uk/where-to-go/icash-cambridgeshire
You can also order a free, simple and easy to use postal HIV test by visiting https://www.icash.nhs.uk/contraception-sexual-health/postal-self-test-kits
HIV Insti Testing at Dhiverse
Due to COVID-19 we have suspended our HIV Insti Testing Service until further notice.
Please call iCaSH on 0300 300 3030 to book a test or for information on sexual health or contraception.
You can order a free, simple and easy to use a postal HIV test by visiting https://www.icash.nhs.uk/contraception-sexual-health/postal-self-test-kits
The Insti Test we offer at Dhiverse is a rapid, finger prick test. The appointment is usually 30 minutes; where information will be provided about the test, some questions to talk through together and then the test itself, which takes just a few minutes to complete. You find out the results in the appointment and support is given before, throughout and after the test if required. For more specific information about this test, please visit the BioLytical Website.
Please note that because we are not funded to provide this service, we welcome a donation of at least £5 for the test. However, if you are unable to make a donation we will not refuse you an appointment.
When our service re-opens appointments can be made by calling us on 01223 508805 or email us on email@example.com
HIV Testing at your venue (this is suspended until our service re-opens)
Dhiverse can deliver HIV testing at your organisation or college. However, as we do not receive funding to provide this service we need to charge.
The charges are:
£100 for a 2 hour session (minimum length of time required) or £125 for a 3 hour session (this would cover e.g. a college bop or event). We do ask for a donation of £5 from each person taking a test. However, we will not normally refuse a test to someone who is unable to pay.
Please complete this booking form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org On the receipt of the booking form we will contact you to discuss your booking. We usually require notice of at least 4 weeks, but please check.
In order to deliver the HIV tests, Dhiverse needs:
- A small private room
- A sign up system where individuals can book a 20 minute slot for the test