Confidential HIV Test Warwick
Our private sexual health clinic in Warwick is on the borders with Leamington Spa. It is a modern, clean environment which is Care Quality Commission approved for your HIV test. Our team of discreet, non-judgemental staff will help you, and make your confidential and anonymous HIV test as easy as possible. The test needs a small sample of blood, which is analysed in Warwick for accurate and fast results.
You can call our booking team to book your appointment 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You can also book online.
Our clinic in Warwick has the following HIV tests available:
- 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 detects any 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 days from when the sample is received in the laboratory. This test test is available in Warwick with Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C.
HIV is transmitted through the exchange of bodily fluids with someone who has HIV. Acommon form of transmission is through unprotected oral, vaginal or anal penetrative sex with someone who is HIV positive.
If you share needles or syringes with someone who is HIV positive then you are at high risk of exposure to the virus, and becoming HIV positive.
You can also become infected with HIV through blood transfusions. All blood in the UK is now screened, so this has become much rarer.
Symptoms of HIV
Early signs of a HIV infection are an outward signal that the body is trying to fight off an infection. They can include: a fever, sore throat, headache, rash, mouth ulcers, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. Research carried out by the National Aids Trust shows that 70% to 90% of those who become HIV positive develop some of these symptoms, usually two to six weeks after exposure.
As these symptoms are common to many illnesses, the only way to know to know if you have the HIV virus, is to be tested.
If diagnosed and appropriately treated early enough then HIV is not the life threatening illness it once was. The key is to get tested as soon as possible after exposure. Our Early Detection Screen provides highly accurate results from only ten days after exposure.
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 who can help you with the appropriate next steps.