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

    Having an HIV test is the only way to know for sure whether you have HIV. If you have HIV, it’s very important that it’s diagnosed. This will...

    From: Factsheets

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  • Home HIV testing

    HIV testing is usually provided by medical professionals in hospital clinics, GP surgeries and other settings. It may also be provided by trained staff from HIV and...

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  • 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...

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  • 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

  • HIV testing

    The only way to know for sure whether you have HIV is to have an HIV test. In the UK, HIV testing is free and confidential through...

    From: Living with HIV

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  • Primary infection

    The first few months following infection with HIV are known as primary HIV infection, or acute HIV infection. During this initial stage of HIV infection,...

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  • UK HIV test finder

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

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  • 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

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  • Better off knowing

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

    From: The basics

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  • 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...

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  • China making HIV self-test kits more accessible to plug gap in testing of at-risk groups

    China is now aiming to make HIV self-test kits widely available to the internet-savvy generation. Its Centre for Aids/STD Control and Prevention (NCAids) said it would make the kits widely accessible through online outlets and pharmacies, which could “reach out to those under the radar, helping to link them to care”.

    27 June 2016 | South China Morning Post
  • Free home HIV tests offered to gay men and black Africans in ‘groundbreaking’ pilot scheme

    The UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity has linked up with BioSure to launch a ‘groundbreaking’ pilot today, releasing 4,500 free HIV tests which are available to people at high risk of HIV, including men who have sex with men, and black Africans. Like a home pregnancy test, you do the test yourself and see the result within a few minutes.

    27 June 2016 | Terrence Higgins Trust
  • Do It London summer HIV testing campaign launches

    London boroughs are launching a new phase of their pioneering Do it London campaign to raise awareness of the importance of getting tested for HIV.

    21 June 2016 | London Councils
  • UK: More gay men than ever getting tested for HIV -- but 1 in 4 still never had a test

    More gay and bisexual men than ever are getting tested for HIV, according to new data from the National Gay Men's Sex Survey. The survey is the largest of its kind in the UK and sheds light on the sexual health of men who have sex with men.

    21 June 2016 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • DIY sampling kits accessed through gay men's social media unearth new HIV cases

    Offering DIY sampling kits for HIV using online dating apps and social media targeting gay men, successfully unearths previously undiagnosed cases of the infection, reveals an evaluation of the first large-scale dedicated service in the UK, published online in the journal Sexually Transmitted Infections.

    25 May 2016 | EurekAlert!
  • Early-capture HIV study allows for characterization of acute infection period

    Acute HIV infection (AHI) contributes significantly to HIV transmission and may be important for intervention strategies seeking to reduce incidence and achieve a functional cure. In a study by the U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP), Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, scientists enrolled and intensively followed a cohort of high-risk individuals, tracking their HIV status and characterizing the disease through the acute stages of HIV infection.

    19 May 2016 | EurekAlert!
  • New Zealand: "Community, testing and meds will stop HIV"

    A concerted community response, testing, drug treatments and condoms are all now needed if NZ is to see the end of the HIV epidemic, according to the New Zealand AIDS Foundation. Although the organisation initially resisted reliance on drug-based prevention approaches, in recent years it has cautiously embraced the techniques.

    17 May 2016 | GayNZ.com
  • China promotes self-testing kits to boost HIV battle

    China is to make HIV self-testing kits more widely available in an attempt to diagnose as many people as possible and provide them with timely treatment. The development was disclosed by the nation's leading AIDS specialist in an exclusive interview with China Daily.

    25 April 2016 | China.org.cn
  • Dying from a treatable disease: HIV and the men we neglect

    The international community has done a great deal to keep women and their children alive through the AIDS epidemic. It should not continue to overlook their husbands and fathers. Dedicated male-friendly HIV services are needed.

    23 February 2016 | The Conversation
  • Study compares tests to detect acute HIV infection

    In a study appearing in the Feb. 16 issue of JAMA, Philip J. Peters, M.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, and colleagues evaluated the performance of an HIV antigen/antibody (Ag/Ab) combination assay to detect acute HIV infection (early infection) compared with pooled HIV RNA testing, the reference standard.

    22 February 2016 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
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