London continues to have the highest rates of HIV in the UK, with around 40% of those receiving HIV care living in London. Better2Know has private HIV testing clinics throughout London including The City, Harley Street, Victoria, Wimbledon, Canary Wharf, Uxbridge and King's Cross.
Confidential HIV Test London
We offer you a discreet, confidential and anonymous service. Our clinics are clean, modern, Care Quality Commission approved and staffed with friendly, non-judgmental staff.
Some people can live with HIV with no noticeable signs or symptoms for many years. The only way to know if you have HIV is to have a test. If you think you might be at risk, then you should get tested as soon as possible. The earlier HIV is detected, the more likely that your treatment will be effective. You can get tested for HIV in London with Better2Know as soon as ten days after exposure.
Testing for HIV is quick, simple, and requires only a small blood sample. Samples are sent to the UK’s leading laboratory the same day for highly accurate testing and fast results.
There are three HIV testing options available in our London Clinics:
- Rapid HIV Test. Provides a highly accurate HIV test result within 20 minutes while you wait. This test is appropriate for detecting HIV exposures that have occurred at least 26 days ago.
- HIV 28 Day DUO Test. Provides very accurate HIV testing results 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 in order to detect HIV infection sooner than a traditional antibody 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 test take three working days to come back from the laboratory. The HIV RNA test is available in London with testing for Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C as part of our Early Detection Screen.
How is HIV transmitted?
HIV can be transmitted through oral, vaginal or anal penetrative sex with someone who is HIV positive. You may also be at risk if you share needles/syringes with an HIV infected person. It is possible to be infected with HIV through blood transfusions. This is quite rare in western countries, as blood products are routinely screened.
Symptoms of an HIV infection can include:
- High fever
- Sore throat
- Mouth ulcers
- Diarrhoea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain.
As these symptoms are common to many illnesses, please do not worry. Remember, the only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested.
What happens if I test positive?
If you test positive, do not worry; we are here to help you. Your Better2Know doctor will refer you to a specialist. Better2Know is supported by the Terrence Higgins Trust. The Trust has a phone line and can provide any support and advice you need. They are experts with over 30 years of experience in providing advice and many centres across London.
If detected early enough, HIV is no longer the life-threatening virus it once was, provided the appropriate treatment is followed. Starting treatment as early as possible is the best thing you can do to look after yourself. Getting tested as soon as possible is of the highest importance.
You can call our booking team 24 hours a day, seven days a week or you can book a test online.