Testing for HIV is easier than ever and treatment means HIV positive people live as long as anyone else - so why not test? Pop along to your local GUM clinic.
If you do not wish to go to your local GUM clinic because it is difficult to travel there or you feel embarrassed then Terrence Higgins Trust offer a free home HIV testing service using the painless finger prick method to those who are Gay or of African origin living in England, full details including how to order can be found here: www.tht.org.uk/hiv-and-sexual-health/testing-hiv
HIV stands for 'Human Immunodeficiency Virus'. 'Immunodeficiency' refers to how this virus weakens a person's immune system, the part of the body that fights off diseases. Some people notice no symptoms when they're first infected with HIV. But within six weeks of infection most people suffer a short illness (lasting around two weeks) as their body reacts to the virus. This involves two or more of the following: body rash, sore throat or fever. Knowing you're HIV positive as soon as possible helps you to better manage your condition and reduces the risk of transmitting the virus to other people.
Regular testing for HIV is essential to ensure you know your HIV status and you are able to stay HIV negative. It is recommend that you test for HIV at least every year or more often if you have taken a risk.