Confidential HIV Test Newport

Our clinic in Newport, offers confidential, and discreet HIV testing. We can help you to test for HIV, starting from just ten days after any potential exposure, with our Early Detection Screen. Our private clinic is clean and modern.  We have friendly, non-judgemental staff.  They will make sure your test is carried out with care and consideration.

HIV does not need to be feared in the same way it has in the past, provided it is detected early, and appropriately treated. Someone who tests positive, and manages their status, can now expect to lead a normal length of life. The longer HIV remains untreated, then the greater the chance that the immune system will become damaged, and treatment will be less effective.

To book your appointment, you can call our booking team, or book online,  24 hours a day, seven days a week.

HIV Testing options in Newport:

  • 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.  This test detects an 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 from when the sample is received in the laboratory. This test is available in Newport as our Early Detection Screen which includes Hepatitis B and C.

How can you get HIV?

HIV is transmitted through the exchange of bodily fluids with someone who carries the HIV virus. Most commonly this happens during unprotected oral, vaginal or anal penetrative sex with someone who is HIV positive.  You are at risk, whenever you there is an exchange of a bodily fluid transfer with a carrier of HIV.

A high risk of  infection will occur through the shared use of a needles, syringes or other drug injecting equipment, which have been used by someone who is HIV positive.

It is also possible for HIV to be transmitted through blood transfusion.  In most western countries, blood is now  routinely screened to prevent this occurring.

Symptoms of HIV

Early symptoms of HIV are often described as flu-like.  They usually occur two to six weeks after initial exposure.  They can last for up to four weeks. Research carried out by the National Aids Trust, suggest that 70% to 90% of those newly infected with HIV, see some signs of these symptoms.

They most commonly include:

  • Fever (raised temperature)
  • Sore throat
  • Body rash

Other symptoms can include:

  • Tiredness
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Swollen glands (nodes)

As these symptoms are common to many illnesses.  They do not mean that you have HIV.  The only way to tell if you have HIV, is to get tested.

What if I test Positive for HIV?

If you do test positive then do not worry, we are here to help you. Your Better2Know Doctor will refer you to a specialist in HIV.  They will help you work out the best treatment plan for you.

Better2Know is supported by the Terrence Higgins Trust, who have been providing advice to the newly diagnosed for over 30 years.  We can help you to make an appointment with an advisor if you would like.