HIV Blood Test
The HIV Blood Test is an effective test for HIV antibodies that can be taken 4 weeks after suspected exposure to the virus. It detects antibodies from HIV1 and 2.
Why test for HIV?
Common reasons for this blood test are:
- A previous sexual partner has told you they have tested positive for HIV
- To check for the presence of HIV before starting IVF fertility treatment
- You have had unprotected sex or shared needles
- You are pregnant and have been advised to test for HIV
- To meet particular job requirements.
HIV attacks the body’s immune system and can lead to the development of AIDS, which is when the immune system becomes severely compromised.
Your blood test
Our phlebotomy-trained professionals will take a blood sample from you. This sample will be analysed in the UK by our authorised partners, TDL. By booking this blood test, you agree for us to share your personal information with TDL in order to process your test. We’ll make sure you consent to this at your appointment too.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, we will send you the results and recommend that you share these with your GP or fertility provider.
It is not unusual for some bleeding to occur under the skin following your blood test and sometimes this can extend a little further around the puncture site. If this causes you concern, check with your practice nurse.
Sometimes we cannot get a blood sample from you. This can be for many reasons, such as not being hydrated enough, feeling cold or having another blood test recently. We will always offer you another appointment so we can try again.