Also known as human immunodeficiency virus, HIV is a sexually transmitted infection that weakens a person’s immune system by destroying cells that fight disease and infection. At the moment, no effective cure exists for HIV. Though, if it’s detected early, it can be controlled and those who contract it can go on to live healthy lives.
How do you check for HIV from home?
If you believe you may have contracted HIV, it’s important to detect it early. The best, and most reliable way, to check for HIV from home is with an at-home laboratory STI test.
LetsGetChecked’s range of at-home STI Tests detect the most common sexually transmitted infections. Testing for HIV will involve a simple finger-prick sample and your online results will be available within 5 days. Our dedicated medical team are available over-the-phone to provide support and guidance.
How is HIV spread?
Only certain bodily fluids from a person who already has the virus can spread HIV - these include blood, semen, pre-seminal fluids, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids and breast milk. For this reason, HIV is known to primarily spread through sexual contact and needle or syringe use.
Indicators of HIV
HIV symptoms vary depending on the phase of infection. Within two-four weeks of the virus entering the body, people may experience flu-like symptoms - these can be so mild that you might not even notice them.
Indicators to keep note of during the primary infection phase include:
- Muscle aches and joint pain
- Sore throat and painful mouth sores
- Swollen lymph glands, mainly on the neck
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
It’s important to know that many people may not experience symptoms of HIV, meaning they might not be aware that they’re infected - this is why getting tested is so important.
If you would prefer to test in the privacy of your own home, the best way to check for HIV from home is with an at-home STI test.
You should take the LetsGetChecked STI Test if:
- You’ve become sexually active
- You’ve had unprotected sex
- You’re experiencing symptoms of a sexually transmitted infection
- You’re entering into a new sexual relationship
- You’ve received a notification from a previous partner that they are infected (STIs can remain dormant for years or take up to three weeks to become detectable.)