Important Information

Important Notice: Stockport Choices/Central Youth clinic CLOSED due to staff training Wednesday 19th December 2018 - 12.30 - 14.30. 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. Clinic closures: Tuesday 18th December - all sites city wide are closed between 8am and 12pm. Hathersage, Forum, Cheetham and Withington will commence the afternoon walk in from 1pm. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused. Please see our Notice Board for Christmas Opening Times for 2018. We are not running evening sessions, city wide, on Monday 24th December 2018 or Monday 31st December 2018. Thank you.

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

Prevention

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.

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