Confidential HIV Test Chichester
Better2Know's nearest HIV testing clinic to Chichester is Portsmouth.
Our facilities are clean. and modern. We have a friendly team, who will assist you taking a test with the minimum amount of fuss.
The test itself reqiores a small blood sample. This is sent to our accredited pathology laboratory. We will get you your results quickly and accurately.
To book your appointment: you can call our booking team 24 hours a day ,seven days a week, or book online.
The full range of tests we offer near Chichester are:
- HIV Rapid Test. This test is available in Portsmouth. The test takes 20 minutes to run, while you wait. It is suitable for potential exposure of at least 26 days ago.
- HIV 28 Day DUO Test. Provides a very accurate test result for possible exposures that occurred at least four weeks ago. Results are available the same day your sample is received in the laboratory. The HIV Duo test combines an HIV antibody and HIV antigen test. This will detect an HIV infection sooner than a traditional antibody-only test.
- HIV 10 Day PCR RNA Test. This test provides accurate HIV testing results for possible exposures that occurred at least ten days ago. While it is slightly less accurate than HIV DUO testing, it can give peace of mind earlier. It should be followed up at 28 days with a DUO test. The results for this HIV test take three working days from when the results are received in the laboratory.
Symptoms of HIV
Research, carried out by the National Aids Trust, suggests that 70% to 90% of people who are newly infected with HIV, experience flu-like symptoms for a short period of time. This is a sign that your immune system is fighting the infection.
These symptoms usually occur two to six weeks after infection, and can last up to four weeks. They most commonly include:
- Fever (raised temperature)
- Sore throat
- Body rash
Other symptoms can include:
- Joint pain
- Muscle pain
- Swollen glands
These symptoms are common in many other illnesses, including colds and flu. The only real way to know you have the HIV virus is to get tested. The earlier you get tested, the better your prognosis will be. An early diagnosis, and appropriate treatment, mean that HIV is no longer the life-threatening illness it once was.
What if I test positive for HIV?
Firstly, do not worry, we are here to help. Your Better2Know Doctor will refer you to a specialist where you can get advice and support. We are also supported by the Terrence Higgins Trust who have been providing expert guidance to people newly diagnosed positive for over 30 years. We can help you to speak to an advisor at the Trust if you would like.