There’s a time gap between catching an infection and it showing up on the tests. Testing earlier might miss something. This is called the window period. If you want to put your mind at rest, wait 4 weeks before you come.
People who find out early that they have HIV live longer, healthier lives than those who find out late.
If you are at risk of HIV the NHS recommends annual HIV testing. Gay men should test every three months if they have unprotected sex with new partners. About 1 in 20 gay men in London have undiagnosed HIV. Two thirds of those people actively believe they are not infected.
You can reserve a slot for a free rapid HIV (AIDS) test at any time during our opening hours. Some of our tests give a result within 60 seconds The service is totally confidential. You don’t have to use your real name if you prefer. One of our friendly team will then see
you to perform the HIV test. There is never any charge for your visit. The whole process will typically take less than one hour.
Because we think that early diagnosis of HIV is so important we also offer outreach HIV testing in Soho’s bars, gyms and saunas. Why not visit us at Sweatbox sauna (Ramillies Street, W1F 7LN) on Monday 4–8.30pm or in G-A-Y Bar (Old Compton Street, W1D) on Wednesday 4-7pm.