HIV Tests - don't delay

on Tuesday, 07 April 2015. Posted in blog

Should you have a HIV test?

HIV Tests - don't delay

If you are worried that you may have been exposed to the HIV infection, the chances are that you will want to bury your head in the sand. However with our rapid results test you can get your peace of mind back quickly and easily with a simple test. 

If you may have been exposed to the virus then it is important to get tested as soon as possible. Indeed, if you think you may have been exposed to the virus within the last 72 hours then there is anti-HIV medication that may stop you becoming infected. Remember that people living with HIV may have no signs or symptoms at all.

If your exposure was more than 28 days ago then we can offer a test which gives you results in just three minutes. You can come alone or bring a friend for moral support if you wish.

However if your exposure was less that 4 weeks ago, it is good to get tested as soon as possible so treatment can be started quickly. The results take slightly longer to come back but treatment can be started sooner so it is much better for your health to be tested as soon as possible after your exposure.

We can see you in our clinic at Hampshire Health just off the M27 close to Chichester, our private general practice clinic offers many options for health care so is very discrete, no-one will know what you are being seen for.

Cut the worry from your life and come in for a simple blood test, our doctors are highly experienced and will talk you through every aspect of your test.

The service is confidential and caring, call us on 01243 388 712

A cure for HIV?

on Tuesday, 17 September 2013. Posted in blog

Rapid treatment after HIV infection may be enough to "functionally cure" about a 10th of those diagnosed early, say researchers in France.

The group have been analysing 14 people who stopped therapy (known as the Visconti cohort), but have since shown no signs of the virus resurging. It seems that at least part of the reason for this response has been due to the fact the everyone in the group had HIV detected in the very early stages of infection and were treated immediately with anti retro-viral drugs.

However, most people infected with HIV do not find out until the virus has fully infiltrated the body.

It follows reports of a baby girl being effectively 'cured' after very early treatment in the US.

Although it's early days with this research and more is needed, it is encouraging. What we can say is that it's never been more important to diagnose HIV early.

Southdowns Private Healthcare offers an Early Detection screen which is accurate just 10 days after exposure. We can also offer an Instant test with results available in just 10 minutes, which is accurate after 28 days post exposure. We operate from our clinics in Hampshire and Harley Street, London

Dr Abu Chinwala, Southdowns Private Healthcare

Making time for your health

At Southdowns we believe that giving our patients time to discuss their health is a critical factor in good health.

Our consultations are unhurried, allowing us to fully explore your concerns and talk through any issues you want to discuss.

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We do not share any information about our clients with anyone else, unless you give expressed permission. Unlike the NHS we operate an “opt-in” policy regarding data sharing, meaning that unless told otherwise we will not share your details with any third parties.