What happens when I take an HIV test?
Before taking an HIV test someone at the clinic should explain what is involved.
This should include information about the type of test and test accuracy.
It should include information about what happens if the results are positive. It is important that you know about what happens if the results are positive.
Blood samples can be from a pinprick or having blood taken into a test tube.
Oral tests involve rubbing a swab on your gums to collect samples of cells.
You cannot catch HIV in the UK by taking an HIV test.
Last updated: 1 June 2021.