HIV is detected through a blood test which checks for HIV related antibodies and can be taken four weeks after any incident where you are worried there has been a risk of HIV transmission.
At this time we would still advise people to attend for a repeat HIV blood test to cover the 12-week window period, ensuring that the result is accurate.
The blood sample is sent to the laboratory for testing, where it can take up to a week for the results to be received into clinic.
For people who are worried, or have a high risk of HIV transmission, they can have a HIV point of care test, which is an instant test.
This test is taken by a healthcare professional who will obtain a blood sample by pricking a person’s finger. This test would be followed up with a full blood sample that would also be sent off to the laboratory for confirmation of HIV result.