Important Information

Stockport Choices/Central Youth: Due to current staffing levels we will only be able to see a maximum of 10 patients per walk-in session. Date: Monday 22nd October 2018 Location: Wythenshawe Forum Session: Evening Walk In Clinic (15:30-18:30) CLINIC IS CANCELLED Date: Monday 22nd October 2018 Location: Harpurhey Clininc Session: Evening Walk In Clinic (15:30-18:30) CLINIC IS CANCELLED Date: Tuesday 23rd October 2018 Location: Cheetham Hill Session: PM Walk In Clinic (12:30-14:30) CLINIC IS CANCELLED Date: Wednesday 24th October 2018 Location: Forum Session: PM Walk In Clinic (12:30-14:30) CLINIC IS CANCELLED Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience. 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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