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If you are a man who has sex with men, it’s important you test for HIV regularly. With effective treatment, you can live a long and healthy life and you cannot pass HIV on.

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Why is it important to test?

If you have HIV, finding out means you can start treatment, stay healthy and avoid passing the virus onto anyone else. The sooner you start treatment, the less likely you are to become seriously ill. 

If you wait to test, the virus could do a lot of damage. There is a lot of support available for people who test positive.

If your test is negative PrEP can support your sexual health and protect you from HIV. If taken correctly, it is highly effective at stopping HIV being passed on.


How often should I test?

Testing at least once a year for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is good sexual health practice for everyone who is sexually active, even if you haven’t put yourself at risk of infection.

If you are having sex without condoms with new or casual partners, you should test every three months. 

Planning ahead and taking control will give you the benefit of knowing you'll be taking care of your sexual health. 

What happens if my test result is positive?

If you’re diagnosed with HIV you might feel upset, worried or angry. There's lots of support available, and nowadays people living with HIV can live long and healthy lives. Starting treatment is the most important way to avoid passing on HIV and protect your own health. HIV treatment in Scotland is free and confidential. 

Find out more about HIV treatment

Find out more about support services

What is HIV?

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. ‘Immunodeficiency’ refers to the weakening of the immune system by the virus. HIV is a long term health condition which is now very easy to manage. 

Nowadays, HIV treatment can stop the virus spreading, and if used early enough, can reverse damage to the immune system. 

Find out more about HIV on NHS Inform.