If you've never been tested for HIV, it's a good idea to check your status at least once. And you need to get checked regularly if you:
Testing usually involves taking a small sample of blood or an oral swab. The time it takes to receive your results will depend on the type of test you receive. A rapid HIV test result will be available within 20 minutes.
You can get tested at the Department of Health – click here for more information
If you test positive for HIV, it is important to remember that with treatment you can live a long, healthy life. In fact, with early treatment, people with HIV can live about as long as people that are not infected. A team approach will help you get the medical care and support that you need. By starting treatment as soon as possible, you can stay healthy and learn to live well with HIV.