If you have had any potential risk factors for HIV it is important to get tested even if you have no symptoms. As with lots of sexually transmitted infections, many people who have recently contracted HIV do not feel unwell. 

If you are a man who is sexually active with other men, you should routinely get tested every six months or more regularly if you have had condomless anal sex with a new or casual partner.

Our advice is that if you have a new sexual partner both of you should have a sexual health check-up, including a blood test, to make sure you are not putting each other at risk of HIV or any other sexually transmitted infection.