National HIV Testing Week 2019

November 2019 marks National HIV Testing Week and European Testing Week. To celebrate, we'll be offering over 250 free and confidential HIV testing slots beginning on November 14th with clinics running each day until World AIDS Day on December 1st. In addition to our regular Monday, Friday, and Saturday clinics at LGBT Foundation, we'll be offering rapid HIV tests at venues across Greater Manchester. See the full schedule below and book in your test.

Day & Time

Venue

Thursday 14th November, 7-10pm
(rapid HIV)
Rainbow Noir (Closed clinic for Rainbow Noir members)
Friday 15th November, 5-9pm
(full screening)
LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF
Saturday 16th November, 1-5pm
(rapid HIV)
LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF
Sunday 17th November, 12-4pm
(rapid HIV)
Waterside Arts Centre
1 Waterside, Sale M33 7ZF
Monday 18th November, 12-4pm
(rapid HIV)
Tameside Mind
216-218 Katherine Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside OL6 7AS
Monday 18th November, 5-9pm
(rapid HIV)
LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF
Tuesday 19th November, 12-4pm
(rapid HIV)
Positive Steps
80 Union Street, Oldham, OL1 1DJ
Wednesday 20th November, 12-4pm
(rapid HIV)
Clone Zone Manchester
36-38 Sackville Street, Manchester, M1 3WA
Wednesday 20th November, 4-6pm
(rapid HIV)
Mens Room (Closed Clinic for Mens Room service users)
Thursday 21st November, 2-5pm
(rapid HIV)
Bolton Hub
Bold Street, Bolton BL1 1LS
Friday 22nd November, 5-9pm
(full screening)
LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF
Friday 22nd November, 3-6pmPendleton Gateway
1 Broadwalk, Salford M6 5FX
Saturday 23rd November, 1-5pm
(rapid HIV)
LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF
Sunday 24th November, 1-5pm
(rapid HIV)
LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF
Monday 25th November, 5-9pm
(rapid HIV)
LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF
Tuesday 26th November, 12-4pm
(rapid HIV)
Mosses Centre
Cecil Street, Bury BL9 0SB
Wednesday 27th November, 12-4pm
(rapid HIV)
Wigan Wellbeing & Resilience Centre
23 Charles Street, Leigh WN7 1DB
Thursday 28th November, 12-4pm
(rapid HIV)
Stockport Mind
65 Union Street, Stockport SK1 3NP
Friday 29th November, 5-9pm
(full screening)
LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF
Saturday 30th November, 11am-3pm
(rapid HIV)
Pioneers Museum
31 Toad Lane, Rochdale OL12 0NU
Sunday 1st December, 1-5pm
(rapid HIV)
LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF
Monday 2nd December, 5-9pm
(rapid HIV)
LGBT Foundation
5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF
Tuesday 3rd December, 10am-1pm
(rapid HIV)
University of Manchester (Closed clinic for LGBT Staff Network)

Book your testing appointment

Test 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
Friday 5-9pm
(Waiting room open from 4:30pm,
last test will be around 8:30pm)
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 offers confidential and bookable rapid HIV tests for all LGBT people and men who have sex with men, across various venues in Greater Manchester. Keep an eye on this page to find out when and where we're testing next.

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.
  • Our clinics are for LGBT people aged 18+.
  • Our Friday Full Screening and Saturday Rapid HIV clinics are by appointment only. However, you may be seen if you drop-in and there are still appointments available.
  • Our Monday Rapid HIV clinic has 8 bookable appointments and 8 walk-in slots available. 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 our staff 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 (Friday) 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.

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 and men who have sex with men. The service takes place at LGBT Foundation (5 Richmond Street). This service provides screening for: HIV, Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. 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 B & C

Staff will also carry out a dry blood spot 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). A swab from the back of your throat. You can do this yourself or our staff can help.

• 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

Fridays 5-9pm (Waiting room open from 4:30pm) 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 use 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 self-test kit from Terrence Higgins Trust, for a reduced cost of £15.

You can purchase a BioSure self-testing kit from the Freedoms Shop for £29.95 if you don't identify as a gay, bi or other man who has sex with men, or a trans woman who has sex with men