Who's It For?
When does testing take place?
To respect physical distancing recommendations, we are unable to offer a walk-in service – we can only see service users that have booked an appointment online.
Where does the test take place?
What is the testing process like?
The reintroduction of this service has been informed by best public health advice and will be implemented in compliance with Infection Prevention and Control guidance. When you select an appointment time, please arrive exactly at this time. This is to avoid queuing; help minimise the amount of service users in the building and to ensure we operate smoothly and efficiently.
The testing process remains the same:
- On arrival at the testing venue you will be greeted by one of our testing team. They will give you a short registration form to complete. All questions on the registration form are used for statistical information e.g. age, gender, country of birth etc.
- Once the form has been completed keep it with you until you meet the tester.
- You will be brought to our private testing area by a member of the team. Before proceeding with the test, you will have a brief chat. The main purpose of the chat is for the tester to ensure that this is the right time and place for you to test, to make clear how test results will be communicated and to offer you any further information or support you might want.
- Following this chat and if you would like to proceed with testing, you will sign a consent form which gives permission for the tester to perform the test. A small sample of blood is taken from a finger-prick – your result will be ready in 60 seconds.
- If you receive a negative result, you can speak to our testing team about the prevention options available to keep you negative. Receiving a reactive result is an indication of your HIV status. A follow-up blood test in a clinical setting is required to confirm the result – we will organise this for you and any other information or support that you might require.
What else should I know?
- Our rapid HIV testing is completely free of charge.
- Testing 6 weeks after your last potential exposure can give you a good indication of your HIV status, however you should wait 12 weeks (3 months) to be definite.
- If you’ve had a potential exposure in the last 72 hours, consider PEP.
Book an appointment
If you have any issues with your appointment, please contact Davy on 0860657212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.