Getting Tested


Fast Track Cities is an exciting global partnership between cities around the world, all driving towards the goal of achieving zero new HIV diagnoses and zero AIDS-related deaths by 2030.

We firmly believe that with continued education, awareness and HIV testing Northern Ireland can achieve the World Health Organisations target of Zero New Diagnoses by 2030. Getting involved in a global initiative like Fast Track Cities will give us tremendous momentum. Get in touch to find out more. 

DID YOU KNOW? Positive Life offer a free and confidential Rapid HIV Testing service. You can get advice from our staff or book a test by calling 0800 137 437 between 10 am and 4 pm -  Monday to Friday

Our OraQuick Rapid Test is quick and non-invasive and involves taking a swab of the fleshy areas around your gums - (think Covid test, but without the gagging and sore throat!)

There are no needles. There is no blood.

Results are accurate and an onward fast-track referral service is available for those who are found to be HIV+

It is important to remember that the symptoms of HIV will vary from person to person and the only way to be sure of your HIV status is to get a test.

However, we do know that approximately 70-90% of people recently diagnosed with HIV experience early symptoms, which occur about a week to ten days after being exposed to the virus.

This is a result of your immune system reacting to the HIV virus.

The most common symptoms reported are severe flu-like symptoms, including a sore throat and fever, and a rash on the chest.

Other symptoms can include fatigue, nausea and diarrhoea but remember, everyone is different.

Positive Life NI leaflet on the importance of Knowing your HIV status

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