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HIV & STI Testing

Free, fast and confidential HIV and STI tests

Testing for HIV and STIs has never been easier. Just a simple prick of the finger and you’ll find out your HIV status during your appointment!


At Positive East our friendly and professional Testing and Prevention Team deliver in-person HIV & STI testing at community venues across East London including our building in Stepney Green, libraries, bars, pharmacies and sex-on-premises venues. We also offer assisted testing through Zoom and Microsoft Teams by posting out test kits and guiding you on how to accurately take a sample and read the results.

We are able to offer reliable tests for HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia and Hepatitis B & C.

Our Staff are unable to diagnose or prescribe treatments. Therefore if you are currently experiencing symptoms associated with an STI, we recommend that you book directly with an HIV Clinic.

Test results are most accurate 3 months after exposure to HIV and Hepatitis and approximately 2 weeks after exposure to gonorrhoea and chlamydia.  This is commonly known as the window period.  If you want to know if you’re outside our recommended window period you can ask Pat our sexual health chatbot. Click HERE to start the chat.

Use the system below to book a test with us and keep an eye out for new venues and spaces across East London.

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If you have any questions, please get in touch!

Common questions and answers  

We know that you may have a lot of questions before you get an HIV/STI test, and for many, there can be a lot of anxiety around the process or what to expect.  We’ve answered a few of the most common questions below. You can always get in touch prior to your test, and our team will be happy to speak with you.

The HIV test is relatively painless and just involves a simple prick of the finger. Similar to how people test their blood sugar (just a small drop of blood).  People say that it often feels like a light scratch.

The gonorrhoea and chlamydia tests involve swabs (throat, vaginal and rectal) and a urine sample.

We use rapid HIV tests, and you’ll know the results of the test within your appointment (around 15 minutes).

The STI tests get sent to a lab associated with Barts Health and you should receive those results within 10 working days via text. If you do not receive your STI test results after 10 days, you can call the Barts Results line on 0207 377 7650.

If your HIV test is “reactive” we will be here to support you the entire way – you will not be alone.  Positive East uses antibody HIV tests. This means it only reacts to the potential of HIV antibodies and not the HIV virus itself.   Therefore if your test is reactive, the next step will be to refer you to a full-service health clinic for a confirmatory test.

Again, we will support you through this entire process and book this confirmatory test for you.

If you have any symptoms (commonly known as symptomatic) of an STI (i.e. burning or itching or discharge) we ask that you book directly with a sexual health clinic.  We won’t be able to provide you with the STI test if you are symptomatic as we cannot diagnose an STI or prescribe treatment. Contact us and we can help you find the nearest sexual health clinic.

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