HIV Testing

Human Immunodeficiency Virus Testing (HIV)

HIV, a viral infection, can be transmitted through bodily fluids:

  • During unprotected oral sex
  • During unprotected anal sex
  • During unprotected vaginal sex
  • From mother to child during birth
  • Via needle exchange/needle stick injuries

The HIV virus enters the bloodstream, attacking and destroying the immune system. The compromised immune system leaves infected individuals open to common “opportunistic” infections. For example these can be conditions such as recurrent thrush, sore throats and conjunctivitis.

A cure for HIV  has not yet been found: however, the virus’s progression can be delayed if HIV infection is detected early enough, thus minimising the damage to the immune system. Early testing and treatment allow a relatively healthy life to be lived. If you think you have been in a situation where contracting HIV might have been possible, a consultation is advised, where your fears can be discussed.

All IPSA Medical, consultations are undertaken with complete confidentiality. If you are at high risk for HIV infection, the doctor might counsel you on how to minimise that risk. If there is some chance that you might have encountered the virus in the past, or if you are displaying symptoms such as:

  • Low immunity
  • Recurrent infections
  • Prolonged minor infections
  • Weakness

Then your assigned doctor might suggest the HIV test for you and he/she will also give you support throughout the entire process.

Your results (whether positive or negative) will be explained in full, on a one-to-one basis, by your IPSA Medical doctor. Further recommendations for general well-being/health will be talked through at this stage.

HIV antibody and early detection test – £95


Sameday (Walk-in) GP

It is often quite difficult to book appointments with your NHS GP at a time that suits you. Your symptoms might have already faded, or you might have recovered by the time of your NHS GP appointment.

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