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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 and by LGBT Foundation’s full screening clinic or rapid HIV testing clinic if you identify as a man who has sex with men.

 

Many of LGBT Foundation's HIV testing services are available to book online

 

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.

 

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

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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.
 

 

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.

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Free & confidential sexual health services for black and minority communities

 

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0161 274 4499

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

 

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

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