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If you feel that you need to be screened for HIV, then it’s important that you act quickly. Broadgate’s sexual health clinic offers a fast, discrete and confidential walk-in HIV Testing service in the heart of London. No prior appointment is necessary. If you suspect or know you have come into contact with the HIV virus, then it’s important to have a HIV test carried out as soon as possible. With a same day HIV test in London from Broadgate GP, we can ensure a rapid diagnosis, and if necessary start a course of ART therapy.
Our HIV Clinic Offers
At our clinic we can carry out HIV testing and we offer:
- 100% Confidential Testing
- Discrete Service (Real Names Not Needed)
- Same Day Appointment & Walk-in Service
- Fast Results
If you’re in need of discrete and confidential testing for HIV, then be sure to visit Broadgate GP. We offer same day appointments and a walk-in service.
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Many people confuse HIV and Aids as the same thing, however it isn’t. HIV can lead to Aids, but only when it isn’t caught and treated early. The Terrance Higgins Trust can provide additional information about HIV and AIDS.
Most of the stigma around the virus has now been dispelled, but at Broadgate GP we understand why people still want discrete and private HIV testing in London. Leaving HIV untreated can lead to a number of health complications and the development of AIDS.
In 2015, an estimated 101200 people in the UK were living with the HIV virus; 13% of which were unaware they had the infection. Our doctors have a vast experience of dealing with HIV testing, treatment and prevention.
Our specialist doctors at Broadgate GP can provide everything from advice to discrete HIV tests in London. All of the services we offer are fully confidential and discretion is assured. We aim to have all HIV test results back within a 24 hour period.
What Is HIV?
The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (more commonly known to by its initials, HIV) is an infection that leads to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, usually referred to as AIDS. It is important to distinguish between the two conditions.
Many people believe that HlV and AIDS is one and the same thing. This is however, not the case. AIDS can develop from an HIV infection. If however, HIV is detected and treated in its early stages, an AIDS infection can be altogether avoided. The private sexual health screening services of Broadgate Clinic London Wall offers a fast and convenient way of putting your mind at rest one way or another.
HIV is an infection that attacked the cells of the human immune system. Without early diagnosis and treatment, the HIV virus attacks and weakens the immune system to the stage whereby the body is no longer able to defend itself against common bacteria, viruses, and germs. When this happens, the disease has progressed into AIDS, which is now also often referred to as late-stage HIV infection.
HIV attacks and destroys the CDT4 cells in the human body. CDT4 cells are white blood cells known as lymphocytes whose job it is to protect the body from all forms of bacteria, viruses and germs. The HIV virus sits within the CDT4 cells where it multiplies. It cannot be destroyed because it constantly changes its “outer coat” thereby protecting itself.
What Is AIDS?
AIDS is an umbrella term that is used to describe a number of infections and diseases that develop because of severe damage done to the human immune system, caused by HIV. It normally takes several years after the initial HIV infection for AIDS to develop. This is because of the length of time it takes to kill off sufficient CDT4 blood cells to weaken the immune system to the point where it is no longer strong enough to challenge infections.
How Is HIV Transmitted?
Sexual transmission is by far the most common way that an HIV infection is passed on. The semen, vaginal fluid and blood of an infected person will all carry the virus. The virus is not contained in human saliva. Oral sex is relatively safe, but if a sexual partner has an oral wound like a mouth ulcer, a sore throat, or damaged gums, infection can be acquired via such wounds. HIV infection can be transmitted through sexual intercourse (vaginal or anal), the sharing of needles or coming into direct contact with infected blood. Women with HIV can, if untreated, pass the infection onto baby. Mothers who are HIV positive are recommended not to breast feed. Although infection from breast milk is unlikely, it has been known to happen. Anyone in need of sexual health advice regarding HIV, how best to avoid it; how to get screened; what the screening involves; what treatments are available, and what the prognosis is, should call in at Broadgate Clinic London Wall for a confidential consultation.
Symptoms Of Primary HIV Infection
When someone is initially infected with HIV it is known as a primary HIV infection. At this stage 8 out of 10 people usually display symptoms. There are 3 symptoms. They are called “The Classic Triad” and they consist of red rashes, blotches and sore throats. There are number of other less common symptoms that can accompany the three main ones. These are:
- General Aches and Pains
- Swollen Glands
All of these symptoms can last as little as 3 weeks. Because they are so common, they are often not recognised for what they really are and are often dismissed as flu symptoms or similar. Once the initial symptoms die down, victims usually do not display any symptoms for anything up to 10 years or so. The infection however is progressing, and can still be passed on to sexual partners, which is why it is so important to only ever have protected sex, using a condom. During this time, when the symptoms are dormant, some people exhibit swollen lymph glands, or experience night sweats.
Importance Of Having HIV Testing Carried Out
If you suspect you’ve come into contact with someone with HIV, in a way that you could of contracted it, then it’s important to get tested as soon as possible Getting tested when you need to or having regular testing carried out if you’re sexually active, will help to detect the virus sooner. This means treatment can be started such as PEP or antiretroviral drugs, which will either help to prevent HIV from developing. If HIV does develop them antiretroviral medication will help to prevent HIV from devloping into AIDs.
Progression Of HIV
Whereas when HIV and AIDS were first encountered just over 30 years ago, the mortality rate was almost 100%, since then, through intense research and a thorough understanding of the 2 conditions, the development of Antiretroviral Therapy can, by treating HIV early, prevent AIDS from developing. If administered late, once AIDS has developed, it can improve the prognosis.
Private and Confidential HIV Tests in London At Broadgate GP
If you display any of the aforementioned symptoms and you suspect you could have been infected with HIV it’s important to get tested as soon as possible. You can call in without having to make a prior appointment at Broadgate Clinic London Wall. We can carry out an HIV test, give you a rapid diagnosis, and if necessary put you on a course of ART therapy. Speed is of the essence. The sooner anyone with HIV is diagnosed and treatment is started, the better the prognosis. Most people with HIV have a long-life expectancy and lead normal lives. If you need any sexual health advice about HIV/AIDS the fully trained specialist doctors here at Broadgate’s Walkin in Clinic London Wall are here to help. Our services are fully confidential and discretion is assured.
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Frequently Asked Questions About HIV Testing
If you think there’s a chance you’ve contracted HIV, then it’s important that your get tested as soon as possible. If you’ve been infected and successfully treated, then you might need to have HIV testing carried out one to three months after infection.
There are a number of testing methods available for HIV. The main types of HIV tests are blood tests, point of care tests, home sampling kits and home testing kits. It’s always best to get tested by a GP, as they are able to fast track results ensuring the fastest diagnosis; meaning treatment can be started if it’s necessary.
There is no direct cure for HIV, however there are a number of treatments available that allow people to live long and healthy lives. There is continuing research and medical trials being carried out to test and develops more effective treatments for HIV and potentially a cure.
The p24 antigen is a viral protein that makes up most of the viral core in the body. When you become infected with HIV, the concentration of p24 in your body will begin to rise. Tests sensitive to p24 are used early during infection to help detect the virus; meaning diagnosis is quicker.
The main symptoms of HIV are similar to that of the flu; around 40% to 90% of people will experience these symptoms within 2-4 weeks of infection. It is possible for people not to show any symptoms. The most common symptoms people experience are fever, muscle aches, sore throat, fatigue and mouth ulcers.
If HIV is left untreated then it will progress into AIDS; this is caused by the HIV virus weakening your body immune system. If HIV is developing into AIDs you will usually experience symptoms such as rapid weight loss, extreme tiredness, pneumonia and memory loss.
The most common type of testing to be carried out is a blood test that will look for specific markers in your blood. The results of HIV testing when fast tracked are usually available the same day and in some cases they can take a few days to come back.
If you’ve been infected then PEP can be started within 72 hours and will significantly reduce the risk of developing HIV. PEP will need to be taken for a month after exposure. If your HIV test comes back as positive then you will be started on a course of antiretroviral medication. A combination of these drugs are used to combat HIV in the best possible way. The medication allows the immune system to repair itself which prevent further damage from occurring and prevents AIDs from developing.
If you’re in need of a HIV test in London then all you need to do is get in touch with Broadgate GP, by phone or email to arrange an appointment. Alternatively visit our clinic as a walk in patient. We offer a fully confidential service to all of our patients.