Our HIV testing services
As well as offering tests at our centres, we also go out to places like schools, colleges, churches and local community centres to offer HIV testing.
Getting a test
For most of our centres that offer HIV testing, you don’t need to book an appointment and can simply turn up to get a test.
The test will require a small amount of blood to be taken from your finger. Depending on the test being used, results are available in as quickly as one minute, and after up to 20 minutes.
If appropriate we will offer other tests, depending on what’s available in your area.
To ensure that all our clinical services provide you with a high standard of care and treatment and are safe, our services are provided within our clinical governance framework.
This means that our staff are trained to undertake their roles, we have clear policies and procedures in place and work within national guidelines and standards. We regularly monitor our services and welcome feedback from our service users.
If it’s not possible for you to test at one of our centres, or you’d rather do so in your home, you may be able to order an HIV testing kit to be delivered to you by post.
You may be eligible for our low-cost self testing service, which is currently free in some areas. We also offer free HIV postal tests for people living in the Essex County Council and Thurrock Council areas.