The most common form of HIV test is a blood test.
- One small sample of blood is taken that measures antibodies to HIV. Antibodies can take up to one month to appear in the blood after your last potential exposure to HIV (last risk).
- If the test is positive, we will repeat the test to confirm the result. If the test is negative but it has been less than one month since your last risk, we will offer a further repeat test one month after your last risk.
- The results are normally available within one week. You may be asked to return in person to receive the result.
Rapid HIV testing is also available. This test involves a small finger-prick of blood and the results are back within minutes. If you receive a positive result, or it’s been less than 12 weeks since your last risk, you will need to give a blood sample for a thorough test.