When to test?
The only way to find out if you have HIV is to have a HIV test. If you think you could have HIV, you should get tested.
HIV testing is provided free of charge from The Hub, Royal Cornwall Hospital or any Sexual Health Clinic. HIV tests are also available online or on the high street.
The Terrance Higgins Trust also provide free self-test kits for communities most affected by HIV in the UK.
There are certain groups of people who are at particularly high risk and are advised to have regular tests. These are:
- Men who have sex with men – HIV testing at least once a year, or every 3 months if they’re having unprotected sex with new or casual partners.
- Black African men and women – Regular HIV and STI screening, if they’re having unprotected sex with new or casual partners.
People who share needles, syringes or other injecting equipment are also at an increased risk of infection.
If you think you could have HIV, seek medical advice immediately. The earlier HIV is diagnosed, the earlier you can start treatment and avoid becoming seriously ill.
Your GP or a sexual health professional can talk to you about having a test and discuss whether you should take emergency HIV medication.