Important Updates

IMPORTANT NOTICE: We are currently having issues with our telephone numbers at our Stockport clinic. Please bear with us whilst we try and resolve this issue. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused. Thank you
Due to COVID-19 the majority of our clinics are now closed. We have temporarily moved to telephone appointments. Please do not come to clinic unless told to do so. It is important that if you have been asked to attend one of our clinics, you wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth. Wherever possible please attend clinic alone. If there are any specific reasons you need to attend with someone else, this must be discussed during your 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

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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