Why get tested?

Find out why testing is so important, and what happens if you are diagnosed HIV positive or negative.

What’s involved?

A step-by-step guide to getting tested for HIV.

When to get tested?

Find out when you should get tested.

Where to get tested?

Find HIV testing and other services in Scotland near you.

How often to get tested?

Reasons why you should get tested for HIV regularly.

‘Should I get an HIV test?’

You have the right to a healthy and satisfying sex life. Staying healthy is important and shows you respect yourself and the partners you have. Getting tested on a regular basis will help you look after your health.

In the last five years, two-thirds* of HIV transmission in Scotland has occurred in men who have sex with men. On average, men who get HIV through sex with other men don’t get diagnosed for around four years after infection occurs.

Early diagnosis can help prevent serious illness

Getting tested for HIV makes sense as early diagnosis can help prevent serious, and possibly life-threatening, health problems.

If the test is positive, the latest HIV treatment offers a greater chance of living a long and healthy life - if the infection is diagnosed early enough. If the test is negative, you should still get tested regularly.

Find out where you can get tested in Scotland.

*Health Protection Scotland – HIV Infection and AIDS: Quarterly report to 31 March 2011.

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