At LycaHealth, we understand the sensitivity surrounding an HIV test. Our private GP clinic in Canary Wharf, East London, provides utmost privacy for sexual health screening – we understand you may not want to be seen at a dedicated sexual health clinic.
There are over 100,000 people living with HIV, with just over a quarter unaware of their infection. However, treatment is accessible and has improved vastly over time.
What is HIV? Human immunodeficiency virus attacks the immune system via white blood cells. If left untreated, it can leave the body open to contracting infections and diseases. Symptoms of the first stage of HIV can feel a lot like flu, and include:
After the first stage of the virus, the symptoms will likely disappear, and can do so for 10 to 15 years, during which the virus will still be active. By the third stage the virus will have significantly damaged the immune system, leaving the body open to serious infections and diseases.
The antiretroviral treatment reduces the amount of HIV in the body, while helping to boost the immune system. This is an effective treatment for HIV means that patients can live a normal and healthy life.
If you are worried that you may have an STI, book a private GP appointment today for a consultation. You do not need medical insurance to be seen by one of our team, and no lengthy paperwork is required.
HIV testing is usually quick and painless, so there is no need to worry about physical discomfort. It will involve either a blood test, or swab taken from the mouth. Your GP will be open to any questions you may have about the test, results or treatment.
At LycaHealth, our staff are professional and discreet, meaning all of our services are private and confidential between you and your doctor.
Our care at LycaHealth Private GP Service is covered by all major medical insurance companies. You can also self-pay for treatment.