If you have symptoms or are worried you might have an STI come and see us for confidential testing.
Common misconceptions about HIV have a devastating impact on people living with the virus.
HIV is now treatable – one pill a day means that it can’t be passed on, and people living with HIV can live a long and healthy life.
About STIs and BBVs
There are infections and viruses you can get from having sex, and from genital, oral, or anal contact with another person. These are called sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and blood borne viruses (BBVs).
Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are common STIs and HIV is an example of a blood borne virus.
Getting tested for STIs and BBVs is easy, free, and confidential
Find out more information on STIs and BBVs at Brook.
When can I get tested?
Wait at least 2 weeks after you had unprotected sex. Unprotected sex means sex without a condom or dam.
Getting tested sooner may not give an accurate result.
Where can I get tested?
You have two options:
1. Get tested at a service
Sexual health clinics offer full STI and BBV testing and treatment. A doctor or nurse will ask about the sex you have had, and give advice about the tests you need.
2. Get a test sent to your home
STIs and BBVs self sampling kit
If you are 16+ you can get a free, confidential STIs and BBVs self sampling kit from a sexual health clinic.
The kit is sent to you in a plain, white envelope. There are instructions to tell you how to do the test. The home sampling kits are usually for people ages 16+ who do not have any symptoms.
To request a home sampling kit visit Lothian Sexual Health website.
If you have symptoms of an STI and need medical advice, drop-in to a sexual health clinic.
HIV home testing kit
If you are 16+ you can get a confidential HIV self testing kit from HIV Scotland.
HIV Scotland, provides a free and confidential sexual health service in Scotland.