Confidential HIV Test Nottingham
Our sexual health clinic in Nottingham, offers you an anonymous, and confidential service, for you to be tested for HIV. Our staff are friendly and discreet, and your test will be as easy as possible.
You can book your appointment by: calling our booking team, or booking on line. We answer the phone 24 hours a day seven days a week.
At our Nottingham clinic we offer three different HIV tests:
- Rapid HIV Test. This test gives you a result in 20 minutes, while you wait. It needs to be at least 26 days since any potential exposure for this test to be accurate.
- 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 can detect an 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 HIV test take three working daysfrom when the sample is received in the laboratory. This test is available in Nottingham, as part of our Early Detection Screen, with Hepatitis B and C.
HIV Testing in our Clinics
The HIV test requires a small blood sample. This is sent to one of the leading pathology Laboratories in the country. The accurate results are ready quickly, and always reported back to you.
The early symptoms for a HIV infection can include:
- High fever
- Sore throat
- Mouth ulcers
- Diarrhoea and vomiting
- Abdominal pain
These symptoms are also common to many illnesses, they do not mean that you have HIV. The only way to know if you have HIV, is to be tested for it. Research shows that early detection of HIV is important. It allows those who are HIV positive, to have the condition monitored and managed, making sure that they receive the most appropriate care to them.
With good management HIV should not longer be considered to be life threatening.
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 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 if you would like.