How do I get referred for HIV treatment? Step 1: get tested The first step towards being referred for HIV treatment is to take a test. Visit our page: What I need to know about getting an HIV test. Step 2: diagnosis and referral If the results of the first test come back positive, a further blood test will be carried out to confirm the result. If the second test is also positive then the next step will be being referred for treament. Visit our page: Getting Referred to find out what happens at a specialist clinic. For an overview of the different available treatments and how they work, click here, or for more detailed information see our page HIV Drugs Factsheets.