The result of a ‘routine’ HIV test carried out in the GUM Clinic will usually be available the next day. In special circumstances e.g. the person has been in contact with someone who has been confirmed as HIV positive because the person would be extremely anxious, the staff in GUM can contact the laboratory to request a rapid result. This result is usually available in one hour. If a HIV test result is initially positive, this needs to be confirmed with another sample. One of the samples is then sent to the UK for absolute confirmation. Only when this test result is available from the UK would anyone in the IOM be confirmed as being HIV positive.
If you are concerned that you may have put yourself at risk, it is always wise to get tested. The benefits of knowing your HIV status far outweigh the risks. If an early diagnosis is made, then successful HIV treatment means you can expect to live as long as anyone else.
You can talk to the staff in GUM about getting an HIV test, they would be the best people to give the advice and support you may need to make this decision.