Have an HIV test

About

An HIV test is either a set of blood tests, oral swab test or finger prick test used to diagnose infection with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. If the test is positive, it will have to be confirmed with a second blood test.

Get started

Contact your healthcare professional to have the test done.

Need to know

What to know before the test

  • No physical preparation is necessary for the test, but you must have professional counselling before the test.

Paying for the HIV test

  • Members of selected medical schemes administered by Discovery Health will be covered from the Screening Benefit.

Vitality points

  • All adults (older than 18) earn 5 000 Vitality points for having an HIV test.
  • If you are claiming the cost of this test from a medical scheme administered by Discovery Health you do not need to submit proof as points will be awarded automatically. Please allow 7 days for your points to reflect.
  • If not, submit proof that you had the test done on the Claim Vitality Points page for your points to be awarded. Please allow 48 hours for processing, you can then check that these points have been awarded on your Vitality Points Monitor.
  • Please note: you only need to submit proof that the test was done, and not the results themselves. You will only be awarded points for one HIV test a year. Please note you will only be awarded points for the HIV test once a year.

Get started

Contact your healthcare professional to have the test done.

Get Started

Contact your healthcare professional to have the test done. Certain pharmacies in the Vitality Wellness Network also do HIV tests.

Phone the pharmacy closest to you to find out if they offer and HIV testing and to make an appointment to have the test. Find a pharmacy in the Vitality Wellness Network.

Claim points manually

If you are not claiming the cost of your screening, assessment or vaccination from a medical scheme administered by Discovery Health you can claim your Vitality points here.