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Instant HIV Test

HIV Finger Prick Test

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.

You can arrange an appointment at a participating Superdrug Clinic by calling 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 the incident of concern to get accurate test results.

To book your appointment, call our booking line on 03 333 111 007

Medication Type Price
HIV testHIV antibody test£79

How our service works

HIV is transmitted during sexual intercourse 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. 

Due to extensive research and the development of new types of HIV medication, HIV is no longer a death sentence. 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 99.8% accurate if taken at least 6 weeks after the potential exposure. 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 Testing

To book your appointment, call our booking line on 03 333 111 007