why test for HIV?

The benefit of regular HIV testing is that infection will be diagnosed early.

why test for HIV?

There may be times when you experience riskier situations such as a condom breaking or someone removing their condom during sex. After incidents like this, it is good to have the reassurance of knowing your HIV status.

when to test for HIV?

To be 100% sure of your HIV status wait 3 months after risk before taking the test. Anyone who is sexually active may be at risk. To find out what behaviours are considered a risk click here.

can I get treated if I have been at risk of HIV?

PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis)

If you are worried about possible HIV infection, you might want to start PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis). PEP stops HIV infection after the virus has entered your body. Treatment should be started within 72 hours to be effective.

This is a month long treatment which you can get from your local sexual health or HIV clinic. Read more about PEP here.

PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis)

Using condoms for vaginal, anal and oral sex and regular testing are the best ways to protect against HIV and other STIs.

      • If you are having sex that is high risk of HIV you may want to consider taking PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis).
      • PrEP is HIV medicine that can stop you becoming infected with the HIV virus
      • PrEP is for anyone who is HIV negative and has sex in a variety of situations where condoms are not always used, but wants to stay HIV negative.
      • PrEP can be accessed for free in the UK via the PrEP IMPACT trial. click here to find out if you can take part.
      • If you want to find out more or buy PrEP privately click here.
      • Read more about women and trans women and PrEP here.
      • For information about PrEP in Scotland click here.

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