Getting tested for HIV means that, if you are infected with the virus, you can receive treatment and care before the infection causes too much damage to your body and health. Early diagnosis and treatment of HIV is associated with near normal life expectancy.
It is really important to get tested regularly for HIV if you are sexually active and when you change sexual partners because HIV often has no symptoms.
HIV tests are available from a range of services.
- Northern Sexual Health, Contraception and HIV Service
- Your GP Practice
- Community testing is provided by The PaSH Partnership
- Your local drugs agencies, if you are an injecting drug user.
- An antenatal clinic, if you are pregnant.
You can order an STI screening test kit that includes an HIV test to be sent to your home address from the Northern Sexual Health, Contraception and HIV Service.
You can order a HIV only screening kit from the Free Testing HIV website.