HIV

The earlier that HIV is diagnosed the more likely it is that you can start treatment and remain well. This will also reduce the chance of you passing it to someone else.

There are 3 ways of getting tested:

  • Rapid Test* (Point of care or POC test): A 'finger prick' of blood is taken and you will get your results in less than 30 minutes, the test is 99.96% accurate at detecting any HIV exposure that may have occurred more than 12 weeks ago. 
  • Full Blood Test: A sample of blood will be taken from you. The blood is then sent off and you will receive your results in 7-10 days. This test is more 99.99% accurate.
  • Online testing Kit: Ordering a free and discreet postal testing kit to complete at home from here. 

*Please be aware that Leicester Sexual Health are only able to offer Rapid (POC) HIV testing on a case by case basis at the practitioner’s discretion. If you are not offered rapid HIV testing you will receive the full blood test where results are received within 7-10 days.  

Other local services that offer free and confidential rapid HIV testing:

Trade - 0116 254 1747

Monday: 12pm - 6pm (appointments can be made on other days)

More information on testing at Trade

LASS - 0116 255 9995

Monday to Thursday: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Friday: 9.30am – 2.30pm

More information on testing at LASS

PrEP is now available at St Peters Health Centre* as part of the national PrEP Impact Trial (*Loughborough appointments to follow shortly.)

Places are limited and by appointment only (as it is part of a trial you must meet an eligibility criteria which will be assessed by a clinician during your appointment.)

You may be able to take part if:

  • You are HIV negative.
  • You are over the age of 16.
  • You are considered to be at high risk of HIV.
  • You are willing to adhere to the recommended PrEP regimen and re-attend the clinic every 3 months.

You may not be able to take part if:

  • You have an illness that could be due to HIV (you would need to wait until it has been confirmed that you don’t have HIV.)
  • You are taking any medication that wouldn’t react well with PrEP

If you do not fall within the eligibility criteria for but feel that you would benefit from accessing PrEP, you can discuss this with the clinician during your appointment.

Want to know more about PrEP? Click here.

Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Partnership NHS Trust Providing Sexual Health Services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Service commissioned by Leicester City and Leicestershire and Rutland County Councils.