An HIV test can tell if you have been infected with HIV or not. The test can reliably detect HIV in your blood for 6 weeks after running the risk of infection. Ask a health professional if an earlier test is possible in your case.
An HIV test takes place as follows:
If you do not want to wait one week for the test results, you can also get a rapid test. This test gives the result faster:
- The doctor takes a blood sample and gives you the result within 30 minutes.
- Only if the test is positive: another test is needed to confirm the result.
- You receive the result of the confirmation test about one week later.
Talking to a doctor
Can I test myself for HIV?
You can test yourself for HIV and do not have to go to a doctor. You can only buy an HIV test without a prescription at a pharmacy or on the internet. The test uses blood (from a finger-prick). Only buy tests with a CE label. This guarantees good quality. Ask in a pharmacy for more information.
Price of an HIV test
An HIV test costs € 2.50. You also have to pay a personal contribution for the visit to the doctor and part of the lab costs.
The doctor receives the result of the test, but the invoice is sent to your home. The invoice only states that your blood was tested, but does not say why. Talk to your doctor if you do not want the invoice sent to your home.
An HIV Self Test costs around € 30.