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HIV Testing

HIV Duo Test or HIV 28 Day Test includes HIV p24 antigen

The HIV antibody/p24 antigen Duo Test is an excellent, accurate and inexpensive HIV test that reliably detects HIV infection that occurred just 28 days prior to the test. This HIV test is known as the 'Duo' because it tests for both HIV antibodies as well as the 'HIV P24 antigen'. The HIV p24 antigen is a core HIV viral protein which becomes detectable at approximately 10 days post exposure, peaks at 16 days or so and then remains at high level for 8 to 10 weeks post exposure. It will then fluctuate over the rest of the course of the illness. HIV p24 antigen is extremely useful in combination with an HIV antibody test in determining early on whether an individiual has been infected with HIV.

We send a small blood sample to our laboratory and the results are usually available in a few hours. The cost of this HIV test is £110 (all inclusive ). The HIV DUO test including p24 antigen is rated as 99.8% accurate.

HIV Antibody Test or HIV 90 Day Test

This is similar to the traditional HIV test that many people receive from GUM clinics except that we are able to give you your results in a matter of just 2 minutes, i.e. whilst you are still with the doctor. A small blood sample will be taken. You may prefer the speed of this test to the HIV Duo test (above) if you are unlikely to have been infected in the previous 90 days. We use the Insti HIV test kit which is very reliable for detection of possible infection greater than 90 days before the test.

The cost of this HIV test is £110 (all inclusive). This HIV test is rated as 99.9% accurate.

HIV PCR Test - Results from 10 Days!

You may also have heard of HIV PCR testing. This is the most sensitive HIV test available and aims to test for HIV infection that occurred as little as 10 days prior to the test. This HIV PCR test is not 100% reliable but it is a guide for those that are desperate for some peace of mind at the earliest opportunity. We recommend that this HIV test is followed-up with an HIV Duo Test at 28 days after the suspected infection. Like the HIV Duo test, a blood sample is sent to our laboratory and we aim to have the results to you in 2-5 days. This test will help allay fears over the possible early symptoms of HIV. The cost of this HIV PCR test is £269.

We provide a full range of HIV test and testing services, including the HIV DUO test combining HIV antibody and p24 antigen test; the HIV Antibody test and also the HIV Viral Load PCR test. We offer a Sameday HIV test and can provide an HIV test from as early as 10 days after exposure which can help allay fears over the possible early symptoms of HIV.

There are several different types of HIV test. During your consultation with our doctor we will discuss the HIV testing options with you and recommend the most suitable HIV test for you.

There is currently no available HIV test to detect whether you have been infected with HIV in the previous few days but you no longer have to wait 3 months until you can get a reliable HIV test result. A consultation with one of our experienced doctors and an appropriate test can allay fears over the possible early symptoms of HIV. Generally GUM (STD) clinics will only offer an HIV test which will detect an infection that took place 3 months or so prior to the test. We offer very up-to-date HIV testing from 10 days after exposure to the virus.

"Time is also a key factor. If you want to have a blood test because you have had a risky episode (such as unprotected sex, for example), taking hours off work to go through the soul-destroying experience of waiting in line at a drop in sexual health clinic is just not an option. Direct and discreet, this is a service that can put your mind at rest, fast."

Richard Bence, The Independent on Sunday, 8th May 2005