HIV & Hepatitis Testing
We offer free and confidential testing for HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C to people who are at risk of these conditions. We can talk to you about these and other testing options to find the one that’s right for you.
Testing can give you peace of mind and, if a diagnosis of HIV or hepatitis is made, it puts you in control of your health.
Today in Scotland, HIV and hepatitis B can be managed well with treatment, allowing most people to lead long, healthy lives, particularly if diagnosed early. Hepatitis C can be cured with treatment.
The most common type of test we offer is known as Dried Blood Spot (DBS) testing. This simple test (which covers HIV and hepatitis B and C) involves taking a few spots of blood from a finger prick which are placed on a card and sent to a lab for testing. Results are available in two weeks and we will arrange a second appointment with you to give you your results. DBS testing is available in most of the locations we work in.
In addition to our DBS testing services across Scotland, we offer other dedicated testing services in some locations:
Edinburgh and the Lothians:
CheckPoint, is a free, confidential testing service which is available for anyone wanting to access HIV and hepatitis testing. Alongside DBS testing, Checkpoint offers Rapid HIV testing Appointments are available throughout the week, and there is a weekly drop in clinic on a Thursday evening.
Also in Lothian, our SX project is a venue for M-test, a free and confidential sexual health testing service delivered by the ROAM Outreach Team. The drop-in service is available to gay and bisexual men, and all men who have sex with men.
Highland, Argyll and Bute
In Highland, and Argyll & Bute, in addition to DBS testing for Hepatitis B and C, we also offer Rapid HIV testing which provides results while you wait. Contact the Highland team for more information.
If you take a test and the results are negative, we’ll help you to avoid being at risk from infection in the future. If your test results show a reactive result, which may mean a positive diagnosis, we’ll advise you about the next steps you should take and provide you with practical and emotional support.
If you are thinking about getting tested, give us a call and we’ll be happy to talk to you in more detail about how it works, the different options available and any questions or concerns you might have.
Argyll & Bute: Katrina Mitchell or Amanda Scott
Edinburgh and the Lothians: The CheckPoint team
Forth Valley: Omolara Plang
Greater Glasgow and Clyde: Claire Kofman or Margaret Lance
Highland: Rachel Hughes or Rory Anderson