If you think you have been exposed to HIV, seek medical advice as soon as possible and before you order an at home test
Testing for HIV
The only way to find out if you have HIV is to have an HIV test.
The earlier HIV is diagnosed, the earlier you can start treatment and avoid becoming ill.
At home HIV tests
Order a free and confidential HIV home test if you think you may have been exposed to HIV or if you are in an at-risk group.
The home test is delivered to you and involves collecting a small finger-prick blood sample. You then post this back for free to be tested.
Getting an HIV test in person
You can also get a HIV test at your GP surgery or a sexual health clinic. Results usually take 3–5 days.
Some GPs and sexual health clinics can provide a rapid HIV test which gives immediate results.
Groups of people who are at risk
Anyone can get HIV but some people are at higher risk. At-risk groups are:
- people from black African communities
- men who have sex with men
- injecting drug users who share needles or syringes.
- We have a high rate of HIV infection compared to the London and England average.
- As of 2018, our rate of diagnosed HIV is 8 in 1,000 residents. This is the 6th highest of a London borough.
- Estimates suggest that one in five people in London with HIV do not know that they have it.
- As of 2018, 44% of people in the borough diagnosed with HIV are diagnosed late and are already unwell.