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HIV testing guidelines (2020)

The new 2020 HIV testing guidelines are available here.

These guidelines have been developed in collaboration with the British HIV Association and the British Infection Association. They have been produced using BHIVA guideline production methodology.

Further information can be found here.

The guidelines replace the 2008 published guidelines. Major changes included in the present guidelines include:

  • Indicator condition testing recommendations now have a broader evidence base;

  • New recommendation to offer testing in emergency departments in areas with high/extremely high HIV seroprevalence;

  • Recommendation for testing based on local diagnosed HIV seroprevalence now divided into two categories (high and extremely high) with different recommendations, in line with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance;

  • Change to the window period for fourth-generation serology to 45 days.