Confidential HIV Test Widnes
Our private sexual health clinic in Widnes, offers you a modern and clean environment, with discreet, friendly staff for your HIV test.
You can book you appointment 24 hours a day seven days a week, by booking online, or calling our booking teame.
There are two options for HIV testing at our Widnes clinic:
- HIV 28 Day DUO Test. Provides very accurate HIV testing results for possible exposures that occurred at least 28 days 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 will detect any HIV infection two months earlier than a traditional antibody test.
- HIV 10 Day PCR DNA 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 is available in Widnes with Hepatitis B and C, as part of our Early Detection Screen.
How can you get HIV?
You may be at risk of exposure to HIV anytime you have unprotected oral, vaginal, or anal penetrative sex with someone who already has the HIV virus.
If you share needles or syringes with someone who is HIV positive, or you have sex with someone who does, then you are also at high risk.
Symptoms of HIV
Early Symptoms of HIV are an outward sign that the body is trying to fight off an infection. They usually occur between two to six weeks after exposure. These symptoms can last for up to four weeks. According to Research by the National Aids Trust, 70% to 90% of newly infected people show some of these symptoms.
They can include:
- Sore throat
- Mouth ulcers
- Muscle pain
- Abdominal pain
As these symptoms are common to many illnesses. They do not mean that you have HIV. The only way to know 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, who will help you with the next steps to manage your condition.
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 speak to an advisor at the Trust if you would like.