If you think you might be at risk of HIV, you should seek medical advice immediately. The earlier HIV is detected, the more likely it is that treatment will be successful.
The test for HIV is a simple blood test.
We offer all patients the opportunity to be tested for HIV.
Anyone who has had unprotected sex may be at risk of HIV. However there are some people who may have a higher risk than others such as men who have sex with men and people from certain parts of the world.
People infected with HIV may experience a short, flu-like illness that occurs two to six weeks after infection although not everyone experiences early symptoms, so you should still take an HIV test if you have put yourself at risk. HIV often causes no symptoms for several years, so the only way to know whether you have HIV is to take the test.
You can order a HIV postal test at www.freetesting.hiv.
To get tested you can also phone Embrace on 01902 444444 or contact Terrence Higgins Trust on 01902 717811.
Although there is no cure for HIV, if you test positive for HIV the good news is that treatments are now very effective, enabling people with HIV to live long and healthy lives.
Today medication has been simplified and usually only involves taking one or two pills a day.
People diagnosed with HIV start antiretroviral therapy as soon as possible.
Embrace offers patients living with HIV a full range of care and support.