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HIV and Syphilis Check 

Although HIV is now a long-term, manageable condition and not a death sentence, it is still a serious issue in the UK. More people than ever before are living with HIV in the UK and over 4,300 people are diagnosed every year. If you are looking to get an HIV and Syphilis Check in Winchester, Wiltshire, Southampton or Portsmouth, simply visit our clinic or contact us to find out more. 

Finding out early if you have HIV has two vital benefits. Firstly, you will be able to start treatment as soon as you need it, which makes it more effective in helping you live a long, healthy and active life. Secondly, if you know you have HIV you can take the right steps to prevent passing it on to others by practising safer sex. Starting treatment will also dramatically reduce the risk of passing on HIV.

Syphilis is caused by bacteria. It’s an infection that spreads easily through anal, vaginal and oral sex and can seriously damage your heart, brain and nervous system. It’s easy to treat and cure with antibiotics.

HIV and syphilis co-infection is a concerning issue that affects us globally. Our test screens for both HIV and syphilis infections simultaneously on one device in 60 seconds.

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Safe, private clinic

Keeping you and others safe is our priority. Please do not come to your appointment if you have any symptoms (a raised temperature, cough or change in taste or smell). We will take your temperature when you arrive and provide you with a mask.

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Trained healthcare professionals

Your rapid INSTI Multiplex assay screens for both HIV and syphilis infections simultaneously on one device in 60 seconds. Your test will be explained to you and your results interpreted. 

 

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Fast testing

The test requires a couple of small drops of blood which we take from a finger prick. We pop the drops into a testing cassette along with some solution and within ten minutes we have your result. One sample, one minute, two results.

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Book an HIV/Syphilis test online

Booking an HIV/Syphilis Test with REMEDI HEALTH is quick. Just pick a time and date that suits you. The testing process should last no more than 15 minutes, but please allow up to half an hour so we can explain what the test results mean.

Our Winchester clinic has rigorous safety measures in place to protect both you and our staff.

Each test is £95.00 inclusive of VAT.

Please select a date and time from the calendar and enter your details.

 

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HIV/Syphilis check: why test?

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus and is the name given to the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).

Anyone can get HIV if they are sexually active, regardless of whether you’re gay or straight or where you come from—but HIV rates are higher among gay and bisexual men and African communities in the UK. Everyone should ensure they take steps to protect themselves and others from HIV infection by using a condom during sex. If you are looking to get an HIV and Syphilis check in Winchester, Wiltshire, Southampton or Portsmouth, we can help you get tested and give you the support that you need. 

Once a person first gets infected with HIV, the virus can stay inactive for many years and the person has no signs or symptoms of infection. Eventually HIV starts attacking the defense cells in the body called lymphocytes and weakens the immune system (the body’s defense system that fights infections). The final stage of HIV infection, known as AIDS, occurs when the immune system becomes so weak and badly damaged that it is unable to fight against infection or disease and the person dies as a result.

Although there is no cure for HIV, people infected with the virus today can be treated with medicines that interferes with the viruses growth by preventing it from multiplying within the body. This treatment, known as antiretroviral therapy, or ART, now means HIV infection is no longer a death sentence.

Today, people are living longer and healthier lives and HIV infection is now considered by some to be a ‘chronic disease’. This highlights even more the importance of getting tested for HIV.

A positive result means treatment is available.

Over 90% of people diagnosed with HIV in the UK are on effective treatment and undetectable, and therefore are not infectious

Undetectable = Untransmittable

Syphilis is caused by bacteria. It’s an infection that spreads easily through anal, vaginal and oral sex and can seriously damage your heart, brain and nervous system. It’s easy to treat and cure with antibiotics. Having syphilis could make it easier for you to contract or pass on HIV and it can get worse more quickly and be harder to treat if you are living with HIV.  Untreated syphilis infection progresses through several stages, which may lead to severe complications.

The INSTI Multiplex assay offers a powerful tool for identifying individuals who need HIV and/or syphilis treatment, preventing mother-to-child transmission, and reducing the spread of both infections worldwide. Our test screens for both HIV and syphilis infections simultaneously on one device in 60 seconds.

 

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Approved for testing by a healthcare professional

One sample, one minute, two results.

After exposure to HIV, it can take 3 to 12 weeks (21-84 days) for an infected person’s body to make enough antibodies for a screening test to detect them. This is called the window period.

IgM is typically released around 3 weeks after infection which is one of the antibodies the INSTI Test is designed to detect. An individual may test positive with the INSTI Test in as little as 21-22 days after infection, however it can take as long as 3 months to produce a positive result. Approximately 97% of people will develop detectable antibodies during this window period. A negative result may not be accurate until 3 months after after a possible exposure. If someone has been exposed to HIV and obtains a negative test result during the window period, they should re-test 3 months after possible exposure to HIV.

The INSTI HIV-1/HIV-2 Antibody Test is a one-time use, rapid, visually read, flow-through immunoassay which detects antibodies to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Type 1 and Type 2and Treponema pallidum in human,  using a drop of human fingerstick blood.

It is suitable for near-patient or point-of-care (POC) testing, and is not currently approved for self-testing. 

Extensive research studies have shown that the INSTI HIV-1/HIV-2 Antibody Test is extremely accurate when performed correctly. The accuracy of medical tests are typically described in terms of sensitivity and specificity. Sensitivity means that all truly positive individuals test positive. Specificity means that all all truly negative persons test negative. The Test is not a final confirmation of HIV infection, therefore if a positive result is given, it must be followed up on with a doctor for a confirmatory test. All positive results generated from a screening test, require follow up with a doctor for final confirmation.

  • Sensitivity 99.3 -100%
  • Specificity 99.0 – 99.8%

If you are looking to get an HIV and Syphilis Check in Winchester, Wiltshire, Southampton or Portsmouth, simply visit our clinic or contact us to find out more. We are here to support you. 

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