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HIV Blood Test

The HIV Blood Test is an accurate way of finding out your HIV status. The test kit is delivered to your home in discrete packaging that is designed to fit through your letterbox. The test kit contains full instructions for you to take a finger prick blood sample and send it our laboratory for testing.  Your results are completely confidential.

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Key Features
  • Latest 5th generation HIV blood test
  • Discrete and convenient
  • Easy to take a sample
  • Test in the privacy of your home
Regular HIV testing is important. It ensures quicker diagnosis, so you can start safe and effective treatment if needed.
Dr Sean Perera

Key Information

What is the test kit for?

The kit tests for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus).

We use the latest 5th generation test - one of the most sensitive tests that is currently available. The blood sample that you provide will be tested for 3 things:

  1. HIV p24 antigen (protein found in the HIV cell)
  2. HIV-1 antibodies (made by your body to fight HIV-1)
  3. HIV-2 antibodies (made by your body to fight HIV-2)

Antigens (protein found in the HIV cell) and antibodies (made by your body to fight HIV) are detectable at different stages of HIV infection. Testing for all 3 helps to differentiate between acute and more established infection, and will identify the type of HIV infection (HIV-1 or HIV-2 or both).

Required sample

You will need to produce a blood sample using a small finger pricking device, contained within the kit. You will only need to produce a small amount of blood and it shouldn't hurt. Full instructions are contained within the test kit.

What are the possible results?

This test will give you 1 of 2 results:

'Reactive': this means that there is a possibility that you have HIV. We will provide a breakdown of which parts of the test have come back positive. However, the test might have simply reacted with a flu or cold virus and you will need to have further tests. A reactive result does NOT mean that you definitely have HIV but that you need further tests.

'Negative': this means that there are no signs of HIV in this sample. If you have not been exposed to HIV within the last 4 weeks, you don’t need to do anything else.

When should I NOT take this test?
  • You think you have been exposed to HIV within the last 72 hours
  • You have any symptoms
  • You have tested positive for HIV in the past

If you think you have been exposed to HIV within the last 72 hours, you should seek URGENT medical advice from your local sexual health clinic, GP or Accident & Emergency, as HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) may be recommended.

If you have symptoms, you should NOT use this service. You require a face to face assessment at your local sexual health clinic or GP. If you have a skin rash; flu-like illness; fever; sore throat; headache; swollen lymph nodes; and think you are at risk of having HIV, you should seek URGENT medical advice from your local sexual health clinic or GP.

  • If you are known to be HIV positive or have recently tested positive, you should seek medical advice from your local sexual health clinic or GP.
When should I take the test?

The ‘window period’ is the time period between potential exposure to HIV eg. sex without a condom, and the point when the test will give you an accurate result.

Tests done too early may not be accurate.

The HIV blood test is unlikely to detect HIV if you have contracted it in the last 4 weeks. However, if you are worried about a specific risk within the last 4 weeks, you should still do the test but we recommend that you purchase another test to do 4 weeks after the last exposure.

How do I access my results?

If your test result is ‘negative’ we'll upload the results into your Patient Record, which you can access by logging in through our website.

If your HIV result is 'reactive' (i.e. potentially positive) or indeterminate, we will phone you to discuss these results with you. If we cannot get through, we will send you a message asking that you at arrange a telephone consultation through your patient record as soon as possible.  We may also need to contact you if your sample is labelled incorrectly.

How long will I have to wait for a result?Test results are normally ready within 3 working days from your sample arriving at our partner laboratory. When your result is ready, you will receive a text and an email advising you to log in to your Patient Record.
ConfidentialityYour test result will be completely confidential. We will not inform your GP or anyone else of your test result or that you have used our service unless you specifically ask us to.

About the HIV Blood Test

About the HIV Blood Test

We use the latest HIV 5th generation blood test. This test detects the HIV p24 antigen and antibodies to HIV-1 and HIV-2 in your blood. Our blood test will be able to detect HIV just 4 weeks after you may have been exposed to the virus. HIV-1 and HIV-2 are the two main types of HIV. HIV-1 is more common and accounts for 95% of infections. HIV-2 is less common and less likely to cause further disease but some treatments that work for HIV-1, might not work against HIV-2.

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