Why Test?

Having my child tested for HIV

There are cases where children have been born with HIV, but have not shown any signs or symptoms until they are in their teens. So if there is any chance at all that your child has been exposed to HIV, you need to have them tested.

Not having your child tested could mean they suddenly fall seriously ill.

In 2008, a child of 10 died suddenly because they had not been tested for HIV, even though both parents were HIV positive. Health professionals want to make sure that this never happens again, which is why all children with HIV positive mothers need to be tested.

You may have been asked by someone to ‘provide evidence’ your child has been tested for HIV and had a negative result.  This is because current guidance, which you can read here states that unless there is documented evidence of a negative HIV test, any child of an HIV positive mother must be tested to rule out the possibility of the child having HIV.  This is to ensure all possible risks are minimised and documented.

This section looks at why you should have your child tested; it explains who needs to consent to the testing; what you should tell younger children and older children; the worries and fears parents may have and who can help you

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