Standards of care for people living with HIV

British HIV Association


Standard 1: HIV testing and diagnosis

People attending health care services (primary, secondary and tertiary care) should be offered diagnostic tests for HIV in accordance with current national guidance

Quality statements

  • We recommend that a routine offer of HIV diagnostic testing should be made by competent health care professionals to all attendees in all the following settings and clinical scenarios:
    • contraceptive and sexual health services
    • termination-of-pregnancy services
    • drug-dependency programmes
    • antenatal services
    • services for TB, lymphoma and hepatitis B and C
    • all people with symptoms that are consistent with primary HIV infection
    • all people presenting with a clinical indicator condition specified in the UK
    • national HIV testing guidelines

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