Sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is now offering an HIV test which can be used four weeks after infection.
Usually, tests can only be carried out three months after the date of suspected transmission.
Those at highest risk of HIV infection are gay men and Africans.
The blood test, which involve a finger prick, will be used at THT’s Fastest clinics and results are normally available in approximately 20 minutes. If the test result is positive, staff will advise another test is taken to confirm the diagnosis.
Dr Michael Brady, medical director at THT, said “If you’re worried you’ve been exposed to HIV waiting three months for an accurate test result can be agonising. Technology has now moved on, so we’re able to offer reliable tests earlier. If you think you’ve been at risk or you’re in a high risk group you should consider getting a test. It’s quick, confidential and could put your mind at rest.”
To find out if there is a Fastest clinic near you visit www.tht.org.uk/fastest or call THT Direct on 0845 12 21 200