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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  • 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...

    From: Factsheets

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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...

    From: Booklets

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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,...

    From: Factsheets

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  • 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

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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...

    From: The basics

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  • Testing and diagnosis

    Late diagnosis of HIV infection among Africans living in the UK is a major problem, hindering access to antiretroviral treatment at an appropriate time, adding to the likelihood...

    From: HIV & UK African communities

    Information level Level 4

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  • HIV Self-Testing Raises Testing Rate in Randomized Trial of Seattle MSM

    Men randomized to HIV self-testing reported significantly more HIV tests through 15 months than men randomized to standard testing in a trial enrolling Seattle men who have sex with men (MSM). Self-testers also acquired fewer sexually transmitted infections (STIs) during this 230-man study.

    27 July 2015 | NATAP
  • NHS hospital to carry out 'automatic' tests for HIV when you get a blood test

    A&E patients at a London hospital will automatically get tested for HIV when they have blood tests – in a bid to help diagnose people who are unaware of their status. St Thomas’ Hospital will become the first in the UK to take the proactive new approach – which means that standard practice will be to test emergency patients for HIV, as part of routine blood tests.

    21 July 2015 | Pink News
  • More men test and treat early for HIV, but fear and stigma remain barriers

    Men who have recently tested positive for HIV are more comfortable with the idea of committing to a treatment regimen soon after diagnosis than they were a few years ago, suggest results presented in the latest HIV Seroconverstion Study Report, released today by the Kirby Institute at UNSW Australia.

    12 June 2015 | Kirby Institute
  • Cheap blood test reveals every virus you've ever been exposed to

    Cheap and rapid test allows doctors to access list of every virus that has infected or continues to infect a patient, and could transform disease detection

    05 June 2015 | New Scientist
  • Australia: Men not testing regularly enough for HIV

    The number of men who have sex with men testing for HIV may be rising, but those who should be testing more often are not doing so.

    06 May 2015 | Gay News Network
  • Screening for HIV in GP surgeries leads to increased and earlier diagnosis

    Training general practices to offer rapid HIV tests leads to increased detection and earlier diagnosis of patients with HIV infection – according to a new study led by Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and published in The Lancet HIV.

    29 April 2015 | Queen Mary press release
  • Why I Wish I'd Received My HIV Diagnosis At Home

    I received my HIV diagnosis nearly four years ago, on 4th August 2011, through an NHS clinic. The experience was horrific and, given the choice now, I think I'd have preferred home-testing.

    29 April 2015 | Vice
  • Medicare Announces Coverage for Annual HIV Test

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that it has expanded coverage to include one, annual voluntary screening for HIV infection for all adolescent and adult Medicare beneficiaries between the ages of 15 and 65, without regard to perceived risk. Coverage for pregnant Medicare beneficiaries will remain unchanged.

    15 April 2015 | AIDS.gov
  • Policy of Mandatory HIV Testing of Sex Workers Repealed in Greece

    According to a report at Human Rights Watch (HRW), Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, on the 2nd of April, repealed the health regulation used to justify roundups and forced HIV testing of people alleged to be sex workers.

    15 April 2015 | Global Network of Sex Work Projects
  • Self-testing for HIV in low-income, high-incidence countries could save money, could improve outcomes . . . but it’s complicated, analysis finds

    Introducing self-testing in a country like Zimbabwe, where HIV incidence is high, resources to confront HIV are limited, and only about half the people who live with HIV know they have the virus, could save about $75 million over the next 20 years, with some health benefits, besides. That would make the self-testing more cost-effective than the current situation.

    10 April 2015 | Science Speaks
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