HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) affects the immune system. HIV is a treatable infection, although not curable at present.

HIV testing in Sefton Sexual Health Service

The only way to know if you have HIV is to have a test. All Sefton Sexual Health clinics can offer a free and confidential HIV test. The test involves taking a small amount of blood from your arm. The results will become available from the clinic in two weeks’ time.

The most accurate results from the test come from blood taken three months after the exposure to HIV. However, a test can also be taken after 4 weeks if you are concerned that you have been at risk.

By following this link below you can now order home STI testing kits for the following STIs, chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV and syphilis.
This service is available to people aged 16 and over who do not have any symptoms (asymptomatic), have not knowingly been in contact sexually with someone with an infection.

If it has been within 72 hours since you think you have been exposed to HIV then please contact Sefton Sexual Health, A&E or any sexual health service in order to enquire about PEPSE (post exposure prophylaxis for HIV) as soon as possible.

For more information on HIV and what to do if you have been at risk see our HIV Risk page

For more information visit NHS HIV & AIDS