About the test
- Who should get tested: You should get tested for HIV if you have had unprotected sex with a partner who could be HIV positive.
- When to get tested: HIV tests are not reliable until 90 days after infection. You need to get tested at least 90 days after the date you may have been infected. If you get tested sooner, your result may not be reliable and you need to re-test to confirm your result once the 90 days have passed.
- How the test is taken: The nurse or pharmacist will use a fine needle to prick your finger and collect a small blood sample.
- How it works: The test picks up antibodies to the HIV virus. Your body produces antibodies as a response to the infection. If the test detects antibodies, this means that you have been exposed to the virus.
- Your results: You will receive your results immediately. The nurse or pharmacist will explain your results and next steps.
- How reliable is the test: The test is over 99.5% accurate if taken at least 90 days after unprotected sex.
- Additional precautions: If you have had unprotected sex in the past 72 hours, seek medical attention immediately as you may need post-exposure treatment.
To arrange an appointment at a participating Superdrug Health Clinic, call our booking line. Our nurses use a rapid finger-prick test, which means you will receive your result without delay. Your Superdrug nurse will take a small blood sample and explain your test result. If you prefer to take a HIV finger prick test from home, you can order a HIV test kit from Superdrug Online Doctor. The test must be taken more than 3 months after sex to get accurate test results.
HIV is transmitted during sex and does not necessarily cause any symptoms within the first months or even years after the infection. The only way to know for sure whether you are HIV positive or not, is to take a test. The Superdrug HIV test is quick, simple and will give you peace of mind. It also ensures, that you receive treatment immediately, should your test result be positive. Early treatment is vital to suppress the virus and allow HIV patients to live a healthy life. If diagnosed early, people carrying the HIV virus can lead a normal life and reach a high age. However, if HIV is not diagnosed, the virus spreads and leads to AIDS. Once the infection has broken out, it is difficult to treat and control.
If you have had unprotected intercourse, you should take an HIV test. After infection, it can take 90 days for the virus to show in a blood test. If you do an HIV test less than 90 days after the date you believe you may have been infected, you need to repeat the test to confirm your initial result.
The HIV finger prick test is a quick HIV blood test and is 99.96% accurate. It is a same day HIV testing option and you receive your result immediately, so you won’t have to wait for your result. The HIV finger prick test is not painful, you will merely feel a little prick of the needle. The test detects HIV antibodies in the blood sample taken during the test. If HIV antibodies are found, the test result is positive and indicates that a HIV infection is present. If no HIV antibodies are present, your test result is negative, which means you do not have HIV.
HIV affects over 90,000 people in the UK. It is estimated, that over 20,000 people who have HIV are unaware of their infection. In 2012, 47% of people diagnosed with HIV were already in a late stage of the illness and had missed out on the benefits of early treatment.
The HIV infection rate in the UK increased significantly between 2003 and 2012 and the number of newly diagnosed HIV patients lies at approximately 6000 per year. If you have sex with changing partners or have had sex without a condom in the past, you should take a HIV test to make sure you know your status. The recent increase in HIV cases is linked with a decrease in condom use and is partly due to the large number of patients unaware of their condition.
How it works
Book an appointment
Call our booking line to book an appointment. Our lines are open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm and Sat until 5pm.
During your appointment, the nurse or pharmacist will take a very small blood sample.
You will receive your results straight away. The nurse or pharmacist will explain your result.