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.
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.
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.
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 LGBTQ+ people and men who have sex with men across Greater Manchester.
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 also get a free HIV self-sampling kit from LGBT Foundation, to collect from LGBT Foundation, or to be posted to your home.
Self testing kits involve you taking and testing a small blood sample and reading the results yourself at home.
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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