Rapid HIV tests are now bookable up to a week in advance through Smooth book (below).

Rapid HIV tests at LGBT Foundation

Day & Time
Clinic Type

Address

Monday 5-9pm
(Waiting room open from 4:30pm,
last test will be around 8:30pm)


Rapid HIV LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street
Manchester M1 3HF
Thursday 3:30-6:30pm
(Waiting room open from 3pm,
last test will be around 6pm)
Full screening LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street
Manchester M1 3HF
Saturday 1-5pm
(Waiting room open from 12:30pm,
last test will be around 4:30pm)

Rapid HIV LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street
Manchester M1 3HF

LGBT Foundation runs rapid HIV testing clinics every Monday and Saturday from our building in Manchester city centre. This service is available for LGBT people who believe they may be exposed to HIV. Appointments will become available on a rolling basis, so check back regularly to find a date and time that suits you. Book your appointment below:

Rapid HIV Testing clinics across Greater Manchester

Day & Time
Clinic Type

Address

Saturday 18th August 11:30am-3:30pm
(Waiting room open from 11am,
last test will be around 3pm)
Rapid HIVLevenshulme Inspire Centre
747 Stockport Road,
Manchester M19 3AR


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 Monday 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 Thursdays, The Northern Sexual Health service and LGBT Foundation work in partnership to deliver a sexual health screening clinic funded for gay, bi, and other men who have sex with men. The service takes place at LGBT Foundation (5 Richmond Street) between 3:30-6:30pm. This service provides screening for: HIV, chlamydia, syphilis, gonorrhoea and tests your immunity levels for hepatitis A & B.

Please get here early, as these clinics are often busy. The waiting room opens at 3pm.

Syphilis, Hepatitis A & B

The nurses will also carry out a blood test to test for syphilis and hepatitis. The results won’t be ready on the same day, but they will be sent to you by text message/phone call, usually within a few weeks.

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. The nurse will tell you how to collect this sample.

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

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