Due to COVID-19, we have temporarily moved to telephone appointments. Please do not come to clinic unless told to do so. TRIAGE We have an emergency phone line 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday and 9.00 - 11.00am on Saturday for emergency cases (PEP, sexual assault, emergency contraception and Under 16's) and you can call us on 0161 701 1513 or 0161 701 1514. Based on the information you give us, we will assess each case individually and advise you accordingly.
Patients living with HIV and concerned about COVID-19
HIV patients are strongly advised to visit the British HIV association website which has extensive information on COVID-19 - BHIVA COVID-19 updates
We also have a dedicated, contraception only, telephone line. The line is available Monday –Friday 9.00am-3.00pm (excluding Bank Holidays) on 0161 701 1523, you will be contacted by a clinician for a telephone consultation
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.