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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HIV testing resources

  • 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
  • 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

  • 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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  • South Africa: First HIV test approved for home use to hit shelves

    BioSURE HIV Self Test is described by its makers as “South Africa’s only CE-marked HIV self-test and the first HIV test approved for use at home without a medical professional”.

    12 May 2017 | The Citizen
  • Why China Is Selling Cheap HIV Tests In Campus Vending Machines

    China is piloting the use of vending machines that sell HIV testing kits on university campuses. The goal is to reach students who may be reluctant to go to a clinic for a test because of the stigma of contracting HIV.

    28 April 2017 | NPR
  • HIV test kits sold in China's university vending machines at massive discount

    The move is part of an HIV prevention initiative by the Chinese Association of STD and HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control (CASAPC), which installed nine of the specialised vending machines in five universities across China last year. Students can purchase the test kits for 30 yuan (US$4.35), almost 10 times less than the average market price.

    18 April 2017 | South China Morning Post
  • Point-of-care test performed on oral fluid failed to detect HIV-1 infection

    The OraQuick Advance Rapid HIV-1/2 Test, a point-of-care test able to detect HIV-specific antibodies in blood and oral fluid, frequently failed to detect HIV-1 infection in Botswana and Thailand, suggesting that negative oral fluid results should be confirmed by testing blood samples in longitudinal trials, according to recent study results.

    28 March 2017 | Healio
  • Terrence Higgins Trust: Why we’re embracing digital innovation

    One of Terrence Higgins Trust’s strategic priorities is to end HIV transmission. A key part of this is to get more people, and particularly those most at risk, testing regularly for HIV. That means we need to look at new ways to reach people, deliver testing and normalise the whole experience.

    15 February 2017 | Charity Comms
  • DIY test for HIV comes to a pharmacy near you

    For R59.95 South Africans can now purchase an HIV testing kit from a local pharmacy and screen themselves for infection in the privacy of their homes – effectively by-passing the health system altogether.

    17 January 2017 | Health-e
  • London doctors on verge of defeating HIV thanks to new programme

    London doctors believe they could be on course to defeat HIV after a dramatic fall in the number of new infections, the Standard can reveal. An early intervention programme imported from San Francisco has seen a 42 per cent reduction in new cases of HIV at 56 Dean Street in Soho, the biggest sexual health clinic in Europe.

    11 January 2017 | London Evening Standard
  • Health Matters: Your questions on increasing the uptake of HIV testing

    Questions from health professionals and answers from Public Health England.

    04 January 2017 | Public Health England
  • Going beyond current ideas about the cascade of HIV care

    Scientists in France have recently noted that while the cascade of HIV care as it is currently envisaged is useful, it does not provide a complete picture of what is occurring in the continuum of care. There are significant delays moving from one step of the cascade to the next - more attention needs to be placed on the time people spend between each stage of the continuum of care.

    03 January 2017 | CATIE
  • Every missed HIV diagnosis is a failure of care

    Response from Professor Chloe Orkin, chair of the British HIV Association (BHIVA), to an article discouraging GPs from offering HIV testing.

    24 December 2016 | Pulse
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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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