Home testing: Information for GPs

Your GP cluster has funded self tests for patients to perform a HIV test and get a result at home.

This is a pilot project to see how many people would be interested in getting a HIV from their GP practice. It will also support our efforts to reduce HIV related stigma, making testing a normal part of healthcare.

What is it?

GP practices will send out a text message to patients offering a free home testing kit. People in higher risk groups can get a home testing kit through the link. Everyone else will be directed to Frisky Wales for a free postal kit.

Home testing is when you get a result at home in 15 minutes. Postal testing is where you take the sample yourself and post it to the lab for testing.

More information on the home test.

What do I have to do?

GP surgeries should be prepared for enquiries around HIV testing and offer advice and guidance to patients concerned about their result.

What if someone has a reactive result?

Terrence Higgins Trust will contact the people who have ordered the test for their result. Their helpline will support individuals who may have a reactive result, directing them to Cardiff Royal Infirmary.

Effective HIV treatment means someone can expect to live as long as anyone else and can prevent them from passing the virus on.

If a patient contacts you about a reactive result, you should contact Cardiff Royal Infirmary on 02921 835208. Lines are open between 9.00am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

You can also contact THT for advice.

Text message

GP surgeries can send out the following text message to patients living in the Cardiff City & South Cluster area:
GPs support HIV testing. Free confidential home test from : test.tht.org.uk/ftc

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