Early HIV detection and HIV antibody testing
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 and mother and child. AIDS develops in HIV positive people when their immune system is considered too weak to combat a range of diseases.
Our clinics provide both HIV antibody testing with results in 4-6 working hours. We also offer an instant HIV test which provides a result within 60 seconds. Other testing includes early HIV testing through P24 or Multiplex PCR testing. You can discuss what is most suitable for you based on your circumstances with the doctor. Multiplex PCR testing is the most accurate method available for early HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C detection.
The cost of the test includes a short consultation with an experienced doctor and full HIV counselling. This is a completely confidential process.
If you have had unprotected sex, we recommend that you are tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.
HIV antibody and P24 test - £95
Instant HIV antibody test - £60
Multiplex PCR HIV, hepatitis B & hepatitis C testing - £265 (3 - 7 day turnaround time)
Q: Can we cure HIV?
A: There is no cure for HIV but the sooner you get tested, the sooner treatment can begin. Many people on HIV treatment live long lives. If you receive a late diagnosis, treatment becomes less effective.
Q: How can I protect myself and others from HIV infection?
A: There is a risk of transmission when having vaginal, anal and oral sex. Therefore use of a condom is vital in protecting yourself and others. Sharing needles also carries a significant risk of infection and transmission.
Q: Who has HIV?
A: Unfortunately, many people in the UK who have HIV do not know they have it. In fact, one in four people with HIV are unaware they are infected. In 2011, one in 20 gay men in the UK has HIV. HIV affects people of all ages and one in five is over 50. One in ten people diagnosed last year were aged 16 – 24.