HIV Testing in London
Having an HIV test to know your status is the only way to find out if you have HIV, as symptoms of this STD may not be visible for many years.
Taking a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) test is very important if you notice symptoms or suspect an HIV infection. The HIV if left untreated will weaken the immune system and cause immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The antibodies produced by our immune system can be checked through several HIV tests to check for a reaction to the HIV infection. Other HIV tests will help you to find evidence of the virus, and rapid tests may give you results within a few hours.
How HIV Tests work:
The HIV test used at STI Clinic London will check for HIV I & II antigens in the blood sample taken when you make a visit. These antigens can be detected within 28 days of exposure to the virus and results are obtained on the same day. Your results may be one of the following:
- Negative: This means that HIV antigen is not detected in the blood sample. If you have done this test after 28 days have elapsed, you can consider yourself HIV free.
- Reactive: This means that HIV antigens were detected in the blood sample. The repeated test will help to confirm presence or absence and if present, treatment should commence immediately.
- Invalid: This means that something went wrong while performing the test. The result is not an indication of HIV status of the person and will have to be repeated.
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How often should you get tested?
People that fall in the age group of 13 to 64 years should perform at least one HIV test in a year. Do well to consider yearly HIV testing and before you start having sex with your new partner.
The following group of people should undergo more regular testing because they are at higher risk of contracting HIV:
- Persons who have had unprotected anal, vagina, or oral sex with multiple or anonymous partners since the last screening
- Men having sex with men
- Black African men and women having unprotected sex with new or casual partners
- Persons who exchange sex for money
- People diagnosed with STDs like hepatitis or syphilis
- Persons planning to get pregnant
- People using intravenous (IV) drugs like hormones, steroids, etc
- Persons who have had unprotected sex with a sexually assaulted partner
What to expect from the test?
At STI Clinic London, you will provide a blood sample which will be sent to the lab immediately for analysis. The results will be received on the same day and sent to you by the method of your choice. Visit STI Clinic London today.
If a positive result is detected, we will invite you to the clinic to speak with our doctor who will give you advice and assistance on the next steps which must be taken.