Most HIV transmission occurs from people who think they are HIV negative, but are living with undiagnosed HIV. This is because when someone is diagnosed, they are offered treatment soon after which reduces the virus to clinically undetectable and untransmittable levels.
You can’t tell if someone has HIV.
This why testing and knowing your HIV status is important.
if you are sexually active you should test as often as every three months. This is because most tests are most accurate three months after exposure to HIV.
If you are not sexually active or in a monogamous relationship, we advise testing once a year.
If you think you might have an STI you should visit a sexual health (GUM) clinic so that you can test and start treatment as soon as possible.
Self-sampling HIV test kits are available from https://freetesting.hiv/
There are many places to have a HIV test across Greater Manchester, including GUM clinics and in community settings. See the options in this PaSH Partnership directory.