Sexual Health Testing
We are now able to deliver a limited number of sexual health tests through a postal self-sampling kit.
Before we can send you a testing kit we will need to do a wellbeing assessment. If you have used our service before this is something you may be familiar with. You can book your wellbeing assessment with one of our staff using the calendar below.
The default option for the wellbeing assessment is to have a Zoom video call; you will be sent a link by email on the day of your appointment. If you are unable to use Zoom for any reason, please let us know and we can arrange for it to be done over the phone. You will be able to join the zoom call on a smartphone, laptop, or tablet, as well as by telephone. You don't need to have a webcam switched on if this is uncomfortable for you.
Appointments are released two weeks in advance on a rolling basis. If you can't book an appointment now please try later. Please only contact us if you have a sexual health related question or if you think there is an issue with our booking system.
In the wellbeing assessment, we'll ask you about your sexual health and about other aspects of your life. This helps our staff and you to identify all ways we can offer you support.
Is this service right for me?
We offer tests to LGBT people and men who have sex with men. You must be 18+ and live in Greater Manchester.
If you are under 18, or you have symptoms of an STI or HIV, you will need to visit a sexual health clinic (GUM). During the coronavirus pandemic, you should contact them by phone and only attend in person if asked to do so by their staff. You can find your nearest sexual health clinic on the NHS website.
If you have had unprotected sex in the last 72 hours, you might benefit from PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis). PEP is an emergency course of medication which can help stop you getting HIV after a potential exposure. You can get PEP from your nearest sexual health clinic, or from an A&E department. To read more visit our PEP page.
When to Test?
If you're having sex with multiple, new and casual partners, it's advised that you test as frequently as every 3 months, as this is the window period for a lot of HIV tests to accurately pick up the virus (including ours). If you're having fewer instances of condomless sex then get in to the routine of having a HIV test at least once every 12 months.