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HIV Testing City of London

HIV Detection & HIV Antibody Testing

HIV is a viral infection caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus, which weakens the natural defences of the body, making it more prone to viral infections.

We offer different options for HIV testing depending on your individual case. Some tests give results immediately (our instant HIV test gives results for antibodies in 60 seconds), while others take longer. In all cases, the test is a simple blood test, which uses a small amount of blood.

The test is relatively painless, sometimes producing a slight pricking or scratching sensation.

To prepare for your test, please ensure that you arrive well-hydrated, as this will make the procedure easier. The doctor will call you to go over your test results as soon as they are ready and, if necessary, organise a repeat visit or test.

The HIV tests we offer are:

  • Instant HIV test
  • HIV antibody and P24 antigen
  • Multiplex (HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C) early detection

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 an on-site counsellor.

The cost of the test includes a short consultation and a doctor will call you to explain your results.

We work with a leading laboratory to ensure excellence in testing with exceptionally fast turnaround times of 4-12 hours.


Preparing for test

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.

Type of sample taken:



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.


When should I get tested?

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.

How is HIV transmitted?

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.

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.



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