Testing for HIV
Testing for HIV is free, fast, confidential and simple – you can now even do it at home.
Most people get HIV from someone who doesn’t know they have it – the only way to be sure is to get tested.
Testing is good for YOU
Test negative and you can get on with life, free from worry, more motivated to stay safe and confident that you’ve not put others at risk.
If you have HIV, the sooner you find out you have it, the better it is for your health. You can start treatment and it is much less likely to have a negative impact on your health or the length of your life.
If you have HIV for a long time without knowing, it can damage your health and shorten your life. It’s a good idea to test at least once a year (or more if you have unprotected sex with more than one partner).
Testing is good for ALL OF US
As most people get HIV from someone who doesn’t know they have it, if we all get to know our HIV status we can reduce the chances of this happening.
People on effective treatment cannot pass on HIV. That’s because HIV medication works by reducing the amount of the virus in the body to ‘undetectable’ levels. This means the levels of HIV are so low that the virus cannot be passed on. This is called having an ‘undetectable viral load’.
Do your bit to stop HIV in the UK by getting tested. You can get a free HIV postal test during November and December.
- If you are unsure about whether you need to get tested, use our handy tool to help you decide when to test.
- Find out where to get tested.
- Choose how you want to get tested.