HIV testing week

It's time to test

Did you know, testing for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in Surrey is quick, confidential, and easy and you can even test from the comfort of your own home? It's the only way to stay in control of your health and know if you have contracted them.

From Monday 5 February it is HIV testing week. Testing at least once a year for HIV and other STIs is good sexual health practice for everyone who is sexually active, even if there is no risk of infection. Depending on how many different sexual partners someone has in one year, testing more regularly should be considered.

You might not have symptoms

Did you know, people can live with HIV for a long time without any symptoms? Nowadays, HIV treatment is easy to take, and anyone diagnosed with HIV in the UK can access free treatment and support. Today, being on effective HIV treatment means you can expect to enjoy a long and healthy life, and medical evidence has shown that people on effective HIV treatment can't pass HIV on to others.

STI testing is simple – you don't need to attend a sexual health clinic. You can order a test to your home. Samples are quick to take and sent off by post for analysis, making early detection accessible to everyone. Face to face clinics are also available across the county if that's what you prefer.

Visit the Sexual Health Hub to see the full list of local and national services including information on contraception, HIV services, and HIV PrEP.

So treat your sexual health just like you would look after your physical and mental health, and order a test today.

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