Normally the HIV test is part of a full sexual health screen, but it is possible to get the HIV test on its own.
This section will detail why to test, where to test, testing support, and other things to consider.
Getting a test for HIV can be a difficult thing to consider and there are some things to take into consideration. For these reasons this section will also deal with what to consider and what types of support are available to anyone who is considering getting tested for HIV.
What is a HIV test?
A HIV test can be done in many ways. The most common are a sample of blood, or a swab of saliva (spit). More information on the entire STI screening process can be found in our screening section.
The sample of blood or saliva is either used in a testing kit, to determine your HIV status, or it is sent to a testing laboratory which is usually in the local hospital.
The sample is tested for HIV antibodies or antigens. HIV antibodies and antigens are developed by your body’s immune system to fight off HIV. It can take up to 3 months for your body to develop these antibodies, and 4 weeks for your body to develop these antigens. This is called the ‘window period’.
If it is a Rapid HIV test, you can receive your result before you leave the room. If it is a laboratory HIV test, it can take up to 2 weeks to receive your results. We can provide a Rapid HIV test for free. Contact us for more information.
If you have specific questions you could go to our FAQs page which details some of the questions we are frequently asked.
If you require more information or would like to talk to someone about getting tested for HIV please contact us on our confidential helpline 061 316661.