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HIV Testing

HIV Testing

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Why should I be tested for HIV?

If you know your HIV status, you can look after yourself and other people better. If you have received a positive result on a HIV test, you can start treatment to stop you from getting ill or passing on HIV.


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When should I be tested for HIV?

Generally, people who are sexually active should get a HIV test every 12 months, but this will be more often (every 3 months) if you are having sex with multiple people. You should also be tested when you have a new sexual partner, or if you think you have been exposed to HIV.

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Where can I get a HIV test?

You can get a HIV test at your GP or a sexual health (GUM) clinic in Greater Manchester.


HIV testing services in Greater Manchester


Point-of-care Testing in Community Localities

Free and confidential testing is also delivered throughout the year by BHA for Equality in community locations across Greater Manchester.

LGBT Foundation offers free rapid HIV and full screening testing services for all LGBT people across Greater Manchester. You can find out more and book your appointment at


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


Self-testing Kit

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

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

You can also arrange to collect a free HIV self-test kit from LGBT Foundation's community Centre in Manchester City Centre if you identify as LGBTQ+. Email or call 0345 3 30 30 30

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What is a HIV test like?

HIV tests at GUM clinics or GPs will involve a blood sample being taken from your arm using a needle. These tests can take up to a week before you are given your results. Rapid HIV tests like the ones used in community sexual health services just need a small blood sample taken from a finger prick, and give results in a few minutes.


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Free and confidential advice and support

Contact a sexual health adviser

The Passionate about Sexual Health (PaSH) Partnership) is a collaboration between BHA for Equality, George House Trust and the LGBT Foundation. The PaSH Partnership will deliver a comprehensive programme of interventions to meet the changing needs of people newly diagnosed with HIV, living longer term with HIV or at greatest risk of acquiring HIV.

0845 450 4247

Free & confidential sexual health services for black and minority communities



0161 274 4499

Free and confidential support, advice and advocacy services for people living with HIV



0345 3 30 30 30

Providing advice, support and resources for LGBT people to take control of their sexual health and wellbeing