Everybody has a HIV status. Do you know yours?
HIV Testing Week Scotland has now ended.
But... there are still lots of HIV testing options available across Lothian.
One in six people living with HIV in Scotland are unaware that they have HIV. Early testing and diagnosis allows people to manage their HIV and also reduces the risk of passing it on to other people.
The majority of new infections are passed on unknowingly by someone who has never been diagnosed.
Anyone can be infected with HIV, with gay and bisexual men being at greatest risk in Scotland.
Why should you get a HIV test?
It’s quick: most HIV tests involve taking a small sample of blood (either from a finger prick or your arm), and some can return results while you wait.
It’s confidential and convenient: there are lots of options – from clinics and GPs to testing at our Local Sexual Health Clinics.
It can put an end to HIV: by testing regularly and being HIV aware, you can be more confident about your sex life and reduce the number of new infections.
Where can you get tested for HIV in Lothian?
Chalmers Sexual Health Centre
SX @ M-test
Tuesday 22nd November : 2pm -7.30pm
1 Mansfield Place
The ROAM Team
For up to date times for the ROAM team work please click here.
RIDU - Western General Hospital Ward 41
Same day testing on Wednesday and Thursday between 8am, and 10am. This service is available every week.
Local Sexual Health Clinics
The majority access care and treatment in either of our two specialised centres: Chalmers Sexual Health Centre and the Regional Infectious Diseases Unit (RIDU), Ward 41, Western General Hospital.
Testing puts you in control.
If you have a positive test, don’t panic. HIV can be managed well with treatment which reduces the likelihood of passing on the virus and allows you live a long, healthy life.
Whether a test is positive or negative, once you know, you can do something about it.
Make regular testing part of your routine. If you are gay or bi-sexual man having regular sex, we recommend you get tested every three months.
Early testing and diagnosis helps people to manage their HIV and also reduces the risk of passing it on to other people. If it is not detected early, HIV can lead to serious, possibly life-threatening health problems.
Nowadays, HIV can be managed by taking 1 or 2 pills a day, with very little side-effects. We want this for everyone who is living with HIV so they can remain healthy and lead a normal life.