When to Test?

Current guidelines suggest that gay and bi and other men who have sex with 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'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 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.

If there's a chance that you've been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours you should visit your nearest sexual health clinic or A&E to ask for PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) which is treatment to help you stop developing HIV. However it must be taken within 72 hours after exposure to be effective.

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 sexual health clinic.

What does LGBT Foundation's test & talk service entail?

LGBT Foundation offers a range of rapid HIV clinics for gay, bi and other men who sex with men, throughout the week at our building in Manchester city centre. 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. It's free, confidential, non-judgemental and a great opportunity to chat about how you can have pleasureable sex whilst reducing your risk of exposure to HIV and STIs.

Please note that places are limited on each clinic, which means they're first-come, first-served once the waiting room opens.

Test with us:

Alongside our weekly clinics (see below) we'll be testing at:

Healthy Routes, 65 Bradshawgate, Leigh, Wigan WN7 4NB 1-5pm on Friday 8th December.

Mondays 12-4pm

LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street
Manchester
M1 3HF

Full Screening

Please note we have limited places available, this is a drop-in space and the last test will take place at or before 3:30pm. Access to the waiting room from 11:15am.

Please note that our Monday full sexual health screening clinic is run in partnership with The Northern Contraception, Sexual Health & HIV Service and results will be issued by them. If you need to contact them about your results please call 0161 701 1555.


Wednesdays 4-8pm

LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street
Manchester
M1 3HF

Rapid HIV tests

Please note we have limited places available, this is a drop-in space and the last test will take place at or before 7:15pm. Access to the waiting room from 4pm.

Saturdays 1-5pm

LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street
Manchester
M1 3HF

Rapid HIV tests

Please note we have limited places available, this is a drop-in space and the last test will take place at or before 4:15pm. Access to the waiting room from 12:30pm.


Other ways to test

Postal kits

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.

Sexual Health (GUM) clinics

Greater Manchester Sexual Health clinics could be easier for you to get to. Some offer appointments or a drop in service, click through to this NHS service finder, to find out more.