BANK HOLIDAY NOTICE - EASTER 2019 All Northern clinics will be closed on Good Friday (19th April) and Easter Monday (22nd April). Online booking appointments will be released at 12pm for the next working day. Starting Saturday 3rd March 2019 We are opening ORANGE ROOMS – TAMESIDE CENTRE FOR SEXUAL HEALTH for an under 25s asymptomatic walk-in and wait clinic between 09:30 - 12:00 Please be aware that walk-in and wait clinics have limited space and operate on a first come, first served basis. Please see Our Clinics for further information
With effect from 01/03/2019 The Northern Sexual Health Clinic at North Manchester General Hospital will be operated on an appointment only basis. Please see Our Clinics for further information
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.