HIV Self-Test Scotland

HIV Self Test service is currently suspended until 1st March 2021.

HIV Self-Test Scotland is a new national self-testing service giving people a free quick and easy way to get an HIV test

"There are still around 500 people living with HIV in Scotland that don’t know they have it." Grant Sugden CEO Waverley Care
Why has HIV Self Test been currently suspended?

We’re pleased and overwhelmed by just how impactful the service has been so far with over 6100+ HIV self-tests ordered across Scotland, however, the funding is limited. To bridge the gap while we look for further funding, we’ve suspended the service until 1st March 2021. To be notified when tests are available again, please register your details on the ‘Order a Test Now’ page on


If you have any questions, please contact We look forward to providing HIV self-tests across Scotland again soon. 

How can I still access testing?

COVID-19 has changed the way we do things in just about every aspect of our lives.  This is also true in regards to sexual health testing in Scotland. 

To find out how to access testing in your area, have a look at our information here. 

About HIV Self-Test Scotland:

We’re delighted to announce the launch of HIV Self-Test Scotland – a new national self-testing service giving people a free quick and easy way to get an HIV test. That means no matter where you are in Scotland, you can get a discreet HIV test delivered to your door.

The service, provided in partnership by Waverley Care and HIV Scotland, is funded by Gilead. It has been rapidly developed to give people in Scotland a way to get an HIV test during COVID-19.

What is an HIV self-test?

An HIV self-test is a simple test you can take by yourself at home. It uses a spot of blood to find out if you have been exposed to HIV. HIV Self-Test Scotland uses the BioSure HIV Self Test because it is a proven way of diagnosing HIV. It 99.7% accurate at finding HIV, and 99.9% accurate at giving a negative test result. Find out more about the HIV self-test here.

Who is the HIV self-test for?

The HIV self-test is for anyone living in Scotland, who wants to get an HIV test in a place that’s comfortable for them.

Why is the HIV self-test needed in Scotland?

The HIV self-test is needed during COVID-19, as a way of making sure everyone can get a test in Scotland, no matter where they live. With travel restrictions in place, as well as limited NHS resources, people who are at risk of HIV are less able to get tested during this time. That means by giving people the chance to get a self-test, we can continue preventing new HIV infections during COVID-19.

Where can I find out more information about the HIV Self-Test Scotland service?

You can find out more information about this service on the HIV Self-Test Scotland website here

What happens if someone gets a positive result?

If someone gets a positive result, they will go for a second test to confirm the result at their local sexual health clinic. Whatever the test result, they can also get support to help guide them through the next steps. Find out more about the support encompassed in the HIV Self-Test Scotland service here  or clicking here on the SX website

Can I speak to someone?

Yes, you can speak to one of our health improvement team on our live chat function. You should see an Icon in at the bottom right-hand corner which will link you to our chat. We are online between 9-5 outside of these hours you can click here.

We want your feedback!

As this service has been rapidly developed responding to COVID-19, we’d love to hear any feedback or suggestions from you on how we can improve. Get in touch with us by email here.