HIV testing is the name given for tests associated with either HIV or AIDS. People often confuse the two terms. For the sake of clarity, HIV, (an abbreviation for Human Immunodeficiency Virus), is the name of the infection itself, whereas as AIDS, (the abbreviation for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), is the ultimate development of an HIV infection, if it is allowed to progress untreated.

You can rely on the sexual health screening services of Broadgate Clinic London Wall

The HIV test is a simple one. It can be carried out at any GUM or sexual health clinic, although it is likely that you will have to make an appointment. However, if you work in London and live in the suburbs or further afield, this may involve having to take time off work. For some people this can present a major difficulty. You can however use the sexual health screening services of Broadgate Clinic London Wall, one of the few walk-in STI clinics London has to offer. No appointment is necessary.

Do not allow an HIV infection to progress

HIV is a progressive infection. The longer it goes on undetected, the more damage it will do to your immune system. Without a course of HIV medication, it will eventually result in full-blown AIDS.  

An HIV infection does not always present symptom

The thing that you need to be aware of with HIV is that sometimes, in some people, it does not present any symptoms. However, given the fact that even when there are no external symptoms you can still spread the infection, (by transference of bodily fluids – including the sharing of needles), and also that an infection will progress; early diagnosis is essential.

HIV “classic triad” symptoms

The initial symptoms when do present themselves, are known as the “classic triad”. There are three of them as the names suggests and they are flulike in their characteristics. They normally appear somewhere between two and six weeks after infection and they include:

  • Sore throat
  • Fever
  • A red, blotchy rash

Other possible symptoms of HIV infection

Other than the classic triad, other symptoms can include:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Fatigue
  • General aches and pains
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Swollen glands

All symptoms are generally transitory and can last as long as three weeks. Because of the relatively short duration and the commonness with other ailments, these symptoms are often written-off as being a mild bout of flu, or another mild viral infection.

Don’t delay

If you do suspect that you have contracted an HIV infection, (even though you may not display any symptoms), you must get yourself checked out at the earliest opportunity. The best way of getting HIV tested for busy London executives, is to simply walk in off-the-street into the sexual health screening services of Broadgate Clinic London Wall.

HIV test options

There are two ways of being HIV tested. One is a simple saliva test or a test using a pinprick of blood. The other HIV test, which is more comprehensive, and which will still be required if you have tested positive with the saliva/pinprick test, is a full blood test. Depending on where you get tested, results may be available same day. In some instances you may have to wait several days but generally never longer than one week.

Take early guidance from the sexual health advice services of Broadgate Clinic London Wall

It is not possible for the HIV virus to be detected until about four weeks after your initial exposure to the infection. But rather than waiting four weeks before you decide to do anything, it is recommended that you seek immediate professional guidance and the walk-in sexual health advice services of Broadgate Clinic London Wall are at your disposal.