It is important to get tested regularly for HIV if you are sexually active and when you change sexual partners. HIV often has no symptoms. Testing is the only way to be sure of your HIV status.
Getting tested for HIV means that, if you are infected with the virus, you can receive HIV treatment and care before the infection damages your health. It also means you will reduce the risk of transmitting the virus to your partner.
HIV is passed on through bodily fluids (such as semen, vaginal fluid and blood).
Condoms also protect against other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as gonorrhoea and chlamydia.
Getting an HIV test
Getting tested for HIV is quick, easy and confidential.
There are now many more options to get tested than ever before – these include testing at home, at your GP or at a clinic.
- Do it at home by ordering a self-sampling kit through the national HIV self-sampling service.
- Do it at one of London’s sexual health clinics.
- Do it yourself for free using a free self-testing kit (as part of the SELPHI study).
- Do it yourself for free by choosing either a self-testing kit or a self-sampling kit (as part of the SH:24 UK-wide HIV testing survey).
- Do it at home by purchasing a home-testing kit.
- Do it at your GP surgery – simply ask your doctor or practice nurse.
- Do it at some pharmacies in the capital too.