Do I know my status?

HIV affects people of all ages and effective treatments now mean that life expectancy has significantly increased for people with HIV. 

 

It is better to test sooner as a late diagnosis can damage my body and even shorten my life. 44.7% of those diagnosed in 2015-17 in the South West were diagnosed late. People will have concerns in getting tested due to the stigma associated with sexual health, but there are now so many ways to get tested, even completely confidentially.

There are many options available to get tested for HIV, these include:

  • Attending a Sexual Health Clinic, click HERE to find services near you.
  • Attending you GP surgery
  • Attending one of our testing session for a result there and then, click HERE to find out where these are based.  Remember if the places listed are not convenient for you, please contact 01752 254406 and we can arrange for a test to be delivered wherever and whenever is best for you.
  • Home sampling, some areas in the South West offer a home test kit, where you give a small blood sample, send it away and you get the results in about 5 days, click HERE to check if you can access this service.
  • A home testing kit is also another way to get tested, these are available to purchase on line through companies such as BioSure. Click HERE to see how to do the test and what to do after you have taken the test. 

Please remember if you are using a home testing kit, you need to make sure that it holds a CE mark.

The Eddystone Trust recently did an interview with the Plymouth Herald to show people how easy it was to get a test, the video below shows some of that test being undertaken.

It really is that easy. For more information on rapid, free and confidential HIV testing in Gloucestershire, Somerset, Devon, Torbay, Plymouth and Cornwall contact 01752 254406 for more information.

Further details of the testing is available HERE