There are a number of services that provide testing for HIV and other blood borne viruses in Borders (including hep B and hep C).
GP/Primary Care Services
If you think you have been at risk ask your GP or Practice Nurse about testing for HIV and other blood borne viruses. Visit the NHS Borders website for information on GP services.
In addition to primary care services, specialist harm reduction services exist to reduce and avoid the transmission and onward spread of blood-borne viruses by providing credible information and testing on all blood borne viruses and by providing people who inject drugs with easy access to and disposal of sterile injecting equipment. These services are:
Borders Addiction Service (BAS)
NHS Borders Addiction Service are a specialist addiction treatment service, providing accessible, confidential, person–centred quality interventions. They work in partnership with other services to support the individual on their journey of recovery.
Borders Addiction Service
The Range Tweed Road
Tel: 01896 664430
For further information on BAS
This is a service for individuals over the age of 16 yrs who are concerned about their alcohol and/or drug use and for adults over 16 such as family members who are affected by someone else’s alcohol and/or drug use
Addaction Borders can be contacted on Freefone 0800 0286664
Here for further information on Addaction
Injecting Equipment Service (IEP)
There are eight IEP services in the Borders where you can exchange your used injecting equipment for new equipment. No appointment is necessary.
Here to find out where these are or for further information
Sexual Health Services
Borders sexual health services also provide harm reduction information and testing for HIV and hepatitis. Testing and treatment is also offered for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). It is an NHS service providing FREE sexual health care in the Scottish Borders, including contraception, free condom supplies, pregnancy tests and emergency contraception.
Borders Sexual Health offer services in the following clinics:
To make an appointment at one of our clinics or for advice, please call us on: 01896 663700 Monday - Friday between the hours of 9am and 1pm.
For further information
BBV Service Borders General Hospital
There is only one treatment service for Hep B and C in Borders and this is based at the Borders General Hospital in near Melrose. Referral is via your GP, Sexual Health clinic, Borders Addiction Service or Addaction.