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HIV

To request a HIV home sampling test you can go to www.test.hiv

What is it?

HIV is a virus that damages the body’s immune system; this makes it difficult to fight off infections and diseases.

Although there is currently no cure for HIV, effective treatment is available.

How is it passed on?

The virus is passed on through exchanging bodily fluids (such as semen, vaginal fluid, blood or breast milk)

The most common ways HIV is passed on are:

  • Having vaginal or anal sex without a condom.
  • Sharing needles or injecting equipment
  • From mother to child during pregnancy, birth or breastfeeding. This can be prevented with medication.

You can’t get HIV from sharing toilet seats, towels, cups, plates, cutlery, food or shaking hands and kissing.

What are the symptoms?

Most people who are infected with HIV experience a short, flu-like illness that happens two to six weeks after infection.

Not everyone experiences early symptoms. Longer-term symptoms can include weight loss, skin rashes, swollen glands, diarrhoea and infections.

HIV can affect anyone and people with HIV can look and feel healthy for years so the only way to know whether you have HIV is to get tested.

How do you test for it?

We offer all clients HIV testing.

Blood test

  • A blood test is the most common way to test for HIV
  • We offer same day HIV result on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday (if testing before 1pm)
  • The test provides a reliable result 4 weeks after exposure to HIV.

To request a HIV home sampling test you can go to test.hiv

What is the treatment?

If you test positive for HIV, we will discuss the options for treatment with you. It is recommended that people with HIV start treatment as soon as possible.

When HIV is managed well, by taking medication correctly every day you are able to prevent the HIV damaging your immune system. This enables most people with the virus to live a long and healthy life as long as the infection is found and treated early.

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