The earlier that HIV is diagnosed the more likely it is that you can start treatment and remain well. This will also reduce the chance of you passing it to someone else.
There are 3 ways of getting tested:
- Rapid Test* (Point of care or POC test): A 'finger prick' of blood is taken and you will get your results in less than 30 minutes, the test is 99.96% accurate at detecting any HIV exposure that may have occurred more than 12 weeks ago.
- Full Blood Test: A sample of blood will be taken from you. The blood is then sent off and you will receive your results in 7-10 days. This test is more 99.99% accurate.
- Online testing Kit: Ordering a free and discreet postal testing kit to complete at home from here.
*Please be aware that Leicester Sexual Health are only able to offer Rapid (POC) HIV testing on a case by case basis at the practitioner’s discretion. If you are not offered rapid HIV testing you will receive the full blood test where results are received within 7-10 days.
Other local services that offer free and confidential rapid HIV testing:
Trade - 0116 254 1747
Monday: 12pm - 6pm (appointments can be made on other days)
LASS - 0116 255 9995
Monday to Thursday: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Friday: 9.30am – 2.30pm