Home testing in Cardiff

In collaboration with the Cardiff City & South GP Cluster, we are running a HIV home testing scheme in Grangetown and Butetown.

Anyone living in these areas of Cardiff can get a free HIV self testing kit.

A home test is where you take a small sample of blood and get a result within 20 minutes.

Anyone not eligible can still order a postal kit from Frisky Wales. This involves taking a sample at home and posting it back before getting a result.

About the test

The test checks for HIV antibodies in a small sample of your blood.

The test will be most accurate from three months after exposure to HIV.

You can get someone from Terrence Higgins Trust to take the test with you over video or phone if you’d prefer. Contact Karen.

PrEP and PEP

There is some evidence that HIV self tests may not work as well for people who are taking HIV medication (either for treating HIV, for PrEP or for PEP).

If you’d like a postal test, go to Frisky Wales.

If you’re thinking of starting PrEP or want to find out more, contact your nearest sexual health clinic.

In the event you’ve put yourself at risk of HIV transmission, if you start PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis) within 72 hours it can stop the virus taking hold. Contact your nearest sexual health clinic for more information. If the clinic is closed, you can attend Accident and Emergency or call 111 for guidance.

More information

Terrence Higgins Trust have a list of frequently asked questions on their self testing site.

Sexual health services in Cardiff are provided by Cardiff & Vale University Health Board. Contact Cardiff Royal Infirmary Sexual Health Clinic if you need further testing or advice.

GPs in the Cardiff City & South GP Cluster have been briefed about this scheme, so should also be able to provide support.

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