Get tested!

When to Test?

Current guidelines suggest that gay and bisexual men should have a HIV test at least once every 12 months, but everyone is different and some people might need to test more regularly. If you are changing sexual partners regularly or have multiple sexual partners, you are encouraged to test more often for sexually transmitted infections than the suggested 12 months.

If you are in a new relationship and want to stop using condoms, it is advisable to continue to use condoms for three months, and then both go for a full sexual health screen, just to be sure.

You should always go for a test if you think that you have been exposed to any sexually transmitted infection or as soon as you notice any symptoms, even if they apparently clear up. If you are experiencing symptoms, you should go directly to your nearest GUM.

What does a rapid HIV test entail?

LGBT Foundation offers a range of rapid HIV clinics for men who sex with men, throughout the week at both our building in Manchester city centre and in Salford. We'll have a brief chat about exposure and risk before taking a small sample of blood using a lancer (a small pin prick on the finger), which will then be placed on a testing strip.  In total your appointment will last approximately 45 minutes, and you'll find out your results in the appointment itself. 

How to Test?

Monday - Full sexual health screening

LGBT Foundation’s Outreach Clinic provides a full sexual-health check-up with results available within 1-2 weeks. You can also request a Rapid HIV Test as part of the appointment. Please note this is a drop-in space and the last test is at 3:30pm. 

LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF - 12 - 4pm

Tuesday - Rapid HIV testing

Please note this is a drop-in space and the last test will take place at 4:15pm. 

Langworthy Cornerstone, 451 Liverpool Street, Salford M6 5QQ - 12 - 5pm

Wednesday - Rapid HIV testing

Please note this is a drop-in space and the last test will take place at 7:15pm.

LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF - 2pm - 8pm

Thursday - Rapid HIV testing

Please note this is a drop-in space and the last test will take place at 4:15pm.

University of Salford, School of Nursing, Mary Seacole Building, Salford M5 4WT - 12 - 5pm

Saturday (1st, 3rd and 4th of the month) - Rapid HIV testing

Please note this is a drop-in space and the last test will take place at 4:15pm. The clinic will not run on 2nd Saturday of the month.

LGBT Foundation, 5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF - 12 - 5pm

FREE self-sampling kits are available in lots of different areas of the country! LGBT Foundation recommends the test.hiv service. It's really simple.

Once you've ordered, a box will arrive within a few days with everything you need to help you take a small blood sample from your finger!

Fill out the form inside, reseal the box and post it off; the results will be back to you soon. Check out the test.hiv website for more info and to place your order.

The following Greater Manchester Sexual Health clinics could be easier for you to get to. Some offer appointments or a drop in service, click on them to find out more.


For privacy, you might prefer to look for clinics away from your local area. Click here and type in the town or city you would like to go to for your check up, then simply contact the clinic and arrange an appointment.

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