Pride Home Testing Kit - My Test Is Positive

My test is positive – what should I do?

We understand that receiving a positive test result can be a lot to take in and you might feel overwhelmed about what to do next. We want to reassure you that even though this may be scary, knowing your status puts you in control to make informed decisions about treatment and support as well as being able to live a long and healthy life.

This page outlines some helpful information about understanding what a positive result means on a rapid test and what to do next. If you have any questions or concerns following your test, get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to help, you can contact us through:

  • our contact form here
  • phoning us on 0131 441 6989
Receiving a positive result

If you receive a positive result on a self-test, it’s important that you get in touch with your local NHS Sexual Health Clinic to let them know. They will offer you another test to confirm your diagnosis and can then help you plan out treatment options that works best for you.

You can find your local clinic on the NHS Inform website here.

If you feel worried or like you’re not ready to phone the clinic yet, that’s okay! You can get in touch with our team at Waverley Care here and we can talk through any worries or questions you might have or help with making the appointment with you.

For advice about what to do when you have been diagnosed with HIV, see our Recently Diagnosed page here.

Waverley Care Support for People Living with HIV

Whilst HIV treatment is highly effective, allowing people to manage it more easily, we know that living with HIV can still have the potential to have wide-ranging impact on a person’s daily life. If you would like further information, advice or support to help live well with HIV, you can get in contact with us.

For information on the services we provide for people living with HIV, we have more information here.