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Where to get tested for HIV?

Depending on where you are in the world, there are a number of places that you can get tested for HIV. The best first step is to search online for "HIV testing”, plus your location. This will generally give you a good idea of where to go, or at least give you a starting point.

Normally, HIV testing is available in:

  • doctors’ offices
  • family planning clinics
  • health clinics and hospitals
  • specialist sexual health or HIV/AIDS and voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) sites
  • youth drop-in centres
  • drug and alcohol services
  • antenatal clinics.

You can also get tested for HIV at a number of other places - the availability of these depends on where you are in the world. It’s always worth asking local sexual health charities or health authorities to see what you have in your area, for example:

  • mobile and outreach testing in the community
  • workplaces
  • schools
  • religious facilities
  • transport hubs
  • in the home
  • through mail order or online (in the UK and USA).

Remember, HIV testing should:

  • involve your full consent
  • be confidential
  • give you the opportunity to speak with someone about what’s involved
  • give you an HIV-positive or negative result
  • depending on your results, give you information on further treatment and prevention services.

Is HIV testing free?

Yes, HIV testing is generally free. The only exceptions are if you go through private healthcare. If you have any concerns or want any further information, speak to a local healthcare provider, they should give you a good indication of where you can do this.

Read on to find out: What happens after?

Where to get tested

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Last updated:
24 June 2016
Last full review:
20 January 2016