HIV is a viral infection caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV infections weaken the natural defences of the body hence making us more prone to viral infections. The virus can be spread between an infected and uninfected individual via sexual contact, sharing of needles and in-utero between mother and child.
Our City of London clinic, located between Bank and Liverpool Street stations, provides HIV testing in a sensitive, professional and discreet environment with experienced doctors and on-site counsellor. The cost of the test includes a short consultation and a doctor will call you to explain your results.
Will the doctor recommend repeat testing?
The early HIV detection test we offer helps give immediate peace of mind but a doctor will normally recommend repeating with an HIV antibody test after the window period to be completely certain.This serves a number of purposes:
- It allows you and the doctor to understand your starting point
- It is likely that some infections will already show up and starting treatment early is a positive step
- Repeating certain tests after the window period ensures that nothing is missed
Please ensure that you arrive well-hydrated, as this will make the procedure easier.During the test
The HIV test is a simple blood test. A needle is inserted into a vein, usually on the inner arm near the elbow, and a small amount of blood is drawn. You may feel a pricking or scratching sensation.
When we receive your results from the laboratory, the doctor will give you a call to go over them with you. Any necessary follow up visits will be agreed over the phone.
You will receive the results by email after you’ve spoken with the doctor.We use a leading laboratory to ensure excellence in testing with exceptionally fast turnaround times of 4 – 12 hours.
If you opt for instant HIV test you will receive the result immediately during the consultation. We offer an instant HIV test which provides a result for HIV antibodies in 60 seconds.
There is varying advice about when you should get tested for different infections including HIV. We recommend getting tested as early as possible and retesting according to relevant window periods.
The most common way to catch HIV is through unprotected sex (having sex without a condom). It is also spread by sharing needles or other injecting equipment with someone who is infected.
It is also possible for an HIV-positive mother to pass the virus to her child during pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. The virus is passed on through body fluids, but not through sweat, urine, or saliva. The HIV virus is not spread through the air or through basic physical contact, unlike colds or flu.