The only way to know for sure if you have HIV is to have an HIV test. There are several types of tests. Often people have an HIV test as part of a sexual health check-up, or as part of antenatal health checks during pregnancy.

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  • Better off knowing

    The sooner you know you have HIV, the sooner you can get the medical care you need. If you know you have HIV, you can...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • Testing

    HIV testing in the UK is free, voluntary and confidential. You can be tested at an NHS sexual health clinic, a GP surgery or a...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • Primary infection

    Early HIV infection can cause flu-like symptoms.Some HIV tests cannot detect very recent infections.There is more risk of transmitting HIV in the early stages of...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • HIV testing

    HIV tests are available in lots of healthcare settings. Home HIV testing is also available.Laboratory tests are the most accurate but rapid tests can be...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Home HIV testing

    Self-sampling and self-testing are new options for taking an HIV test.You don't need to see a doctor or nurse to use home testing kits.HIV tests...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • HIV testing

    It is very important that children born to women living with HIV are tested for HIV. Ideally, this should happen at birth (see below). But if this...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • HIV testing technologies

    This briefing paper, produced by NAM for HIV Prevention England, provides an overview of HIV diagnostic tests for people planning, commissioning or providing HIV prevention...

    From: HIV prevention briefing papers

  • Undiagnosed HIV infection

    This briefing paper, produced by NAM for HIV Prevention England, covers undiagnosed HIV infection and late diagnosis of HIV in the UK....

    From: HIV prevention briefing papers

  • European test finder

    Find out where you can have a test for HIV, hepatitis or other sexually transmitted infections across Europe....

    From: European test finder

  • UK HIV test finder

    Quickly find an HIV testing service in the UK. (Smartphone version and iPhone app available.)...

    From: Apps and online tools

  • HIV testing

    Current approaches to HIV testing are to make it a normal rather than exceptional medical event, for it to be offered in a wide range...

    From: HIV transmission & testing

    Information level Level 4

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  • 1 in 2 people living with HIV in Europe is diagnosed late: ECDC and WHO urge improvement in testing practices

    The HIV epidemic continues to rise at an alarming pace in the European Region, mostly in its eastern part, which is home to almost 80% of the 160 000 new HIV diagnoses. Over half (51%) of the reported HIV diagnoses happen in a late stage of infection and the proportion diagnosed late increases with age.

    28 November 2017 | World Health Organization
  • Prince Harry Hands Out HIV Self-Testing Kits to End Stigma

    The royal visited the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) HIV testing center in Hackney, north London Wednesday to launch this year's National HIV Testing Week. During his visit he watched a live demonstration and met some the shop's volunteers.

    15 November 2017 | PEOPLE.com
  • Americans Are Still Dying From AIDS. We Need More HIV Prevention

    The ravages of advanced HIV infection, the nearly-forgotten news items of the 1980s like PCP — Pneumocystis pneumonia -- and Kaposi Sarcoma, are still afflicting those diagnosed late, even if this fact is no longer news.

    07 November 2017 | WBUR
  • CE Marking for world’s only integrated HIV Self-Test from Atomo Diagnostics

    Atomo HIV Self Test granted CE Mark; will facilitate rollout in European and other global markets. Test will be available commercially during 2018 via retail, e-commerce and public health channels.

    13 October 2017 | Atomo press release
  • Is DIY HIV testing the latest Cape Town trend?

    It starts with a swab but does it end with a diagnosis? Why the trickiest part of DIY HIV testing happens after the test.

    11 September 2017 | Bhekisisa
  • Sex Map of Britain 2: Dangerous Infections

    BBC Three goes inside the consulting rooms of one of London’s busiest Sexual Health clinics to see if Brits pay enough attention to their sexual health. Diagnosing unexplained pain, HIV tests and removing genital warts are all in a day’s work for the ‘sex doctors’ and nurses at this East London clinic.

    07 September 2017 | BBC (video, UK only)
  • HIV cases fall by 40% for second year at top clinic

    London's largest sexual health clinic is set to record a huge drop in new HIV cases for a second successive year. 56 Dean Street has now set itself a target of zero new infections after witnessing a two-thirds fall in the number of new diagnoses since 2015.

    30 August 2017 | Evening Standard
  • Preparation meets opportunity: how 3ie’s stakeholder engagement paid off on HIV self-testing

    Initially there was scepticism about the acceptability, usability and safety of self-testing in sub-Saharan Africa. 3ie funded formative research to assess whether self-testing could get more people to test in Kenya. Then, 3ie funded three pilots and their rapid impact evaluations to determine whether offering HIV self-tests to partners of pregnant and post-partum women, and to truck drivers, could get more of them to test for HIV.

    30 August 2017 | Evidence Matters
  • WHO, UNAIDS statement on HIV testing services: new opportunities and ongoing challenges

    The statement says that HIV testing, no matter how it is delivered, must always respect personal choice and adhere to ethical and human rights principles. It makes it clear that WHO and UNAIDS do not recommend mandatory, compulsory or coerced HIV testing of individuals on public health grounds.

    29 August 2017 | UNAIDS
  • Transgender HIV testing rate about half that of gay, bisexual men

    Although transgender people are at high risk for HIV infection, they reported testing for the virus at just over half the rate reported by gay and bisexual men in recent surveys.

    29 August 2017 | Healio
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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