Test with us across Greater Manchester

Day & Time
Clinic Type

Address

Thursday 14th March 1-5pm

Rapid HIVUniversity of Manchester Students’ Union
Oxford Road
Manchester
M13 9PR
Thursday 14th March 1-5pm Rapid HIV Wigan Life Centre
The Wiend
Wigan
WN1 1NH
Wednesday 27th March 12-4pm Rapid HIV Stockport Mind
65 Union Street
Stockport
SK1 3NP
Wednesday 27th March 4-8pm Rapid HIV Bolton Hub
Bold Street
Bolton
BL1 1LS
Thursday 28th March 9am-1pm Rapid HIV Nye Bevan House
Maclure Road
Rochdale
OL11 1DN

Please note:

  • All of your details are kept confidential. Please be as honest as possible so we can give you the relevant information, advice, and support.
  • All of our clinics are a drop-in/first-come-first-served service. The last test will take place on or before 30 minutes before the clinic closing time.
  • If you are experiencing any symptoms then you will be redirected to a Sexual Health (GUM) clinic as the nurses can’t treat any infections on site but please don’t hesitate to discuss this if you phone or talk in person with one of LGBT Foundation’s Sexual Health Officers.
  • Here at LGBT Foundation, we don’t have access to any full-screening (Thursday's) clinic results, the nurses from The Northern will contact you by text message/phone, usually within a few weeks.
  • If you think that you have been exposed to HIV from having unprotected sex or a condom breaking then there is a course of medication (PEP) that you can take which may prevent you becoming HIV positive. Post-exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) is a 28 day course of medication that must be taken within 72 hours of possible exposure (it’s more affective if you access it as soon as possible, ideally within 24 hours). It is available from sexual health (GUM) clinics, or from A&E hospital departments. PEP is extremely effective, with very few reported minor side effects.

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.

Rapid HIV

A 60-second Rapid HIV test is available from our building on Mondays 5-9pm and Saturdays 1pm-5pm. Each drop-in takes approximately 20-30 minutes and you will get your test result in the appointment.

We'll have a brief chat about exposure and risk before taking a small sample of blood using a lancet (a small pin prick on the finger), which will then be used to run the test. In total your appointment will last approximately 20-30 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 pleasurable sex and reduce your risk of exposure to HIV and STIs. You can ask us any sexual health and wellbeing questions you want, from accessing and dosing on PrEP, speaking to your sexual partner(s) about when they last had a sexual health test, through to finding the right condom or contraceptive for you.

Monday 5-9pm (Waiting room open from 4:30pm) LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street
Manchester M1 3HF
Saturday 1-5pm (Waiting room open from 12:30pm) LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street
Manchester M1 3HF

Full Sexual Health Screening

On Fridays 5-9pm, LGBT Foundation deliver a full sexual health screening clinic for LGBT people men who have sex with men. The service takes place at LGBT Foundation (5 Richmond Street). This service provides screening for: HIV, chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhoea and tests your immunity levels for hepatitis A & B.

The waiting room opens at 4:30pm.

HIV point of care

We'll deliver a quick finger-prick test for HIV with results developing in the appointment within 60 seconds.

HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis A & B

Staff will also carry out a blood test to test for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis.

Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea

To test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea you will be asked to provide:

• A urine sample: you will do this yourself, privately in one of our toilet facilities. Please let one of our team know if you need the toilet before your test; we can give you a sample pot.

• An anal swab sample (which is really quick and painless): you will do this yourself, privately in one of our toilet facilities. You will be given a cotton bud, simply insert the cotton into the anus (bum) for a few seconds.

• Throat swab (which is really quick and painless). The nurse will take a swab from the back of your throat.

• Where applicable: A vaginal swab sample (which is really quick and painless): you will do this yourself, privately in one of our toilet facilities. You will be given a cotton bud, simply insert the cotton into the vagina/front hole for a few seconds.


The results for the dry blood spot test, urine sample and swabs, will be sent to you by text message/phone call, usually within a few weeks, by The Northern. If you're waiting on your results, please contact The Hathersage Centre on 0161 701 1555

Thursday 3:30-6:30pm (Waiting room open from 3pm) LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street
Manchester M1 3HF

Other Ways To Test

Want to take a test yourself but worried about the results or how to administer the test?

Contact the sexual health team at sexualhealth@lgbt.foundation or call us on 0345 3 30 30 30 and we can book in a a confidential, non-judgemental and supportive chat at our office in Manchester city centre. You can bring your kit along and we'll walk you through it step by step.

Self-sampling Kit

You can also get free postal tests or self tests. Postal tests involve you taking a small sample of blood yourself at home, and post it to a lab to be tested.

You can order a free self-sampling kit from www.test.hiv

Self-testing Kit

Self testing kits involve you taking and testing a small blood sample and reading the results yourself at home.

If you identify as a gay, bi or other man who has sex with men, or a trans woman who has sex with men, you can order a free self-test kit from Terrence Higgins Trust, for a limited time.

You can purchase a free BioSure self-testing kit from Freedoms Shop