Stockport: Choices Centre will be closed Wednesday morning 27/2/19 due to staff training. Please see website for further information. Thank you CLINIC CLOSURE TODAY Harpurhey Clinic (for Under 25s) will be closed this evening, 21st February 2019, 3.30pm- 6.30pm. Please see Our Clinics page for your nearest alternative clinic. We apologise for any inconvenience. From Monday 3rd December 2018, Cheetham Hill will be BOOKED APPOINTMENTS ONLY on Thursday afternoons and evenings. Please refer to the Our Clinics page for opening times or call 0161 202 8795 for advice/ bookings for Thursday sessions. All other sessions remain walk in.
HIV Testing and Prevention
The only way to find out if you have HIV is to have an HIV test.HIV testing is confidential and free. Being diagnosed early can help you stay well and reduce risk to partners.
For many patients, the service we offer is a blood test. Samples are sent to our laboratory and results are available within five working days.
How do I get tested?
- Visit your GP
- Visit our clinics
- Self test - Terence Higgins Trust website/HIV Test
- Outreach clinic – We offer full STI screen, includes HIV test in our outreach clinic at LGBT Foundation
- LGBT Foundation
Condoms - Using condom during sex is the best way to prevent catching HIV.
PEP - If you’ve had sex with somebody who may be HIV positive, you can reduce your chances of HIV infection by taking post-exposure prophylaxis after sexual exposure (PEPSE) within 72 hours of exposure to the virus.
PrEP- Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis involves HIV negative people taking Truvada (a drug currently used to treat people with HIV) as a method of helping to prevent HIV infection. Recent research has shown that if taken correctly, Truvada is highly effective at preventing HIV infection. Unfortunately, the cost of PrEP medicines is not currently covered by the NHS. However we can provide free advice and monitoring in any of our routine sexual health appointments. ‘Generic’ PrEP is available online.