GETTING TESTED FOR STIs & HIV
Getting tested for HIV
Seek medical advice as soon as possible if you think you might have been exposed to HIV.
The only way to find out if you have HIV is to have an HIV test. This involves testing a sample of your blood or saliva for signs of the infection.
An early HIV diagnosis means you can start treatment sooner, which can improve your chances of controlling the condition long term.
HIV tests may need to be repeated one to three months after potential exposure to HIV infection, this is known as the ‘window period’, but you shouldn't wait this long to seek initial help!
You can get tested in a number of places, including your;
sexual health clinic
clinics run by charities
home-testing or home-sampling kits are available to buy or order online or from pharmacies – depending on the type of test you use, your result will be available in a few minutes or a few days.
Where can I get Tested
Aberdeen Community Health and Care Village
50 Frederick Street
Clinic times - A variety of booked clinics running daily. Call to make an appointment.
Alcohol & Drugs Action (ADA)
7 Hadden Street
Clinic times - Thursday's 17:30 - 19:30
Tel: 01224 577120
Clinic times - Every Monday 2pm-3pm for booked appointments.
3pm-5pm - Drop in service
Dr Gray’s Hospital
Clinic times - All patients wishing to be seen at Dr Gray's hospital must contact 0345 337 9900 to ensure that a clinic is running on the day they wish to attend or to make an Elgin appointment.
Clinic times – 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month
10am -12.30pm – booked appointments
1.30pm -4pm – booked appointments
Peterhead Health Centre
Peterhead Community Hospital
Clinic times – 1st Tuesday and 3rd Thursday of every month
1.30pm to 4pm booked appointments
Appointments for Grampian Sexual Health Service Clinics can be arranged through a GP referral or through self referral by calling 0345 337 9900.
For more information on clinic times and appointments call 0345 337 9900 or visit the website at www.nhsgrampian.org.uk/sexualhealth