Tests can be used to monitor general health and side-effects of medication. They can also detect infections or be used to help investigate symptoms. Often tests use blood samples, but tests can also involve giving a urine or stool sample, or having a scan or X-ray.

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  • Sexual health check-ups

    Looking after your sexual health is important for anyone, but particularly so if you are living with HIV. If you are sexually active, it is important to have...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Liver function tests

    People living with HIV should have regular blood tests to monitor liver function.The liver plays an important role in processing drugs used to treat HIV...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Other tests

    As well as monitoring your CD4 cell count and viral load, it's highly likely that you'll have other blood tests and, at various points, other tests as...

    From: Living with HIV

    Information level Level 2
  • Longer-term side-effects

    Effective HIV treatment has significantly reduced the risk of serious kidney disease in people with HIV. However, most anti-HIV drugs can cause some damage to the kidneys, so...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • Other blood tests

    Every time you visit your clinic for a check-up you’ll have some blood tests. As well as being used to monitor your CD4 cell count and viral...

    From: Booklets

    Information level Level 2
  • High blood pressure

    Blood pressure is the name given to the force that the beating heart causes in the arteries, veins, and blood vessels which carry blood around...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Cervical cancer

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the underlying cause of cervical cancer. Infection with HPV is very common in the general population and is slightly more common...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Blood problems

    HIV-positive people with a low CD4 count sometimes also have low levels of other blood cells.Some of these problems may be caused by damage to the...

    From: Factsheets

    Information level Level 2
  • Health checks

    Staff at your HIV clinic use various tests to keep an eye on your HIV. Many of these tests are done on samples of your...

    From: The basics

    Information level Level 1
  • A to Z of tests

    A list of medical tests and procedures for problems commonly encountered by HIV-positive people in the UK, detailing what they involve, and when and why...

    From: HIV treatments directory

    Information level Level 4

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