Use this section of our website to find out about the testing services we have available, such as our outreach clinics and same day testing service, and where you can get tested near you!
We also offer advice and information on our helpline, 10am to 10pm, every day, on 0845 3 30 30 30. (Please also phone this number if you ever want to double-check that a clinic is definitely running that day).
Our clinics and getting tested
When sexually active, it’s important to ask yourself some key questions:
Do you know your own HIV status? When did you last have a check-up?
Are you aware that some STIs don’t have any obvious symptoms?
As part of a healthy sex-life, it’s fully recommend that you ‘Get tested!’ …And these days, it’s never been easier!
The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) provides free, friendly and safe clinical services every single week, in partnership with Manchester Centre for Sexual Health, and Manchester Public Health Development Service.
On this page you can find out more about:
The LGF outreach clinic runs every Monday , either at Basement Sauna* or the LGF’s Community Resource Centre in central Manchester.
The Outreach Clinic offers the chance to get a full sexual health check up, with results usually within 1-2 weeks. Testing includes: Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, HIV and Hepatitis B. Current dates are in the calendar below. No appointment necessary.
* You do not have to be a paying customer to access the clinic in saunas. Simply inform staff that you are there for the LGF Outreach Clinic. Addresses and maps for all of our testing sites are below:
18 Tariff Street, Manchester M1 2FN
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The Lesbian & Gay Foundation
5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF
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This clinic runs every Wednesday from 12pm - 2pm*, at The LGF. This clinic tests just for HIV, and provides results whilst you wait (within 20-30 minutes).
There’s also the option of undertaking a traditional blood-test, which will test for other blood bourne viruses. No appointment is necessary, but due to the popularity of this service, a limited number of spaces are available.
* Last appointment time is 1.30pm so please make sure to arrive early (from 11.30am onwards). During exceptionally busy times, we may need to suggest alternative services if all the places have been filled.
Home Testing Kits
If you’re a gay or bisexual man aged 16 or over, and living in Greater Manchester, the LGF currently has funding to provide you with a home testing kit.
This involves just taking a finger-prick of blood in the comfort of your own home and posting the blood test off. You’ll then receive your HIV result within 1-2 weeks.
For more information and details of how to claim your kit, please click here.
Testing at your local GUM clinic
If getting into central Manchester is a bit of a struggle, or you’d prefer to access full sexual health screening, then please click here for details of your local GUM clinic within Greater Manchester.
You should also go to your GUM clinic if you’re experiencing any symptoms.
Monday 3rd | 3.30-5.30pm | Outreach Clinic @ Basement Sauna
Wednesday 5th | 12-2pm | HIV Testing @ The LGF
Monday 10th NO CLINIC
Wednesday 12th | 12-2pm | HIV Testing @ The LGF
Monday 17th | 3.30-5.30pm | Outreach Clinic @ Basement Sauna
Wednesday 19th | 12-2pm | HIV Testing @ The LGF
Monday 24th | 3.30-5.30pm | Outreach Clinic @ The LGF
Wednesday 26th | 12-2pm | HIV Testing @ The LGF
Monday 1st | 3.30-5.30pm | Outreach Clinic @ Basement Sauna
Wednesday 3rd | 12-2pm | HIV Testing @ The LGF
Monday 8th | 3.30-5.30pm | Outreach Clinic @ The LGF
Wednesday 10th | 12-2pm | HIV Testing @ The LGF
Monday 15th | 3.30-5.30pm | Outreach Clinic @ Basement Sauna
Wednesday 17th | 12-2pm | HIV Testing @ The LGF
Monday 22nd | 3.30-5.30pm | Outreach Clinic @ The LGF
Wednesday 24th | NO CLINIC
Monday 29th | NO CLINIC
Wednesday 31st | NO CLINIC
Sexually active gay and bisexual men are encouraged to get a full sexual health screen at least once a year, or more often if you are sleeping with lots of different people.
With more people than ever living with HIV, and about 27% unaware of their infection, it has never been more important to get tested regularly.
Some infections can be treated easily with antibiotics and are completely curable. HIV is not curable, but effective health monitoring and treatments are available in the UK.
For support and information please call 0845 3 30 30 30 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you know your HIV status?
Thanks for clicking on this page. You have come to the right place.
Did you know that almost 75% of gay and bisexual men have been for HIV or sexual health screenings at some point in their lives and more and more men are testing all the time (Source: SigmaResearch.org.uk)
- Perhaps you haven’t tested before and need to know more about what’s involved?
- Maybe you haven’t tested for a while and think you should get around to going for a check up?
Do you want to know where there is a clinic near to you or what’s the quickest and most convenient way to get a sexual health screening?
No matter what your reason for testing it’s important that you find the best place for you to go and get tested and with the minimum of fuss or inconvenience.
Did you know that getting a check up is Free, Fast and Easy.
Wherever you live there will be a free and confidential service that you can use. If you prefer, you might want to look for clinics away from your local area.
Click this link and type in the town or city you would like to go to for your check up, then simply contact the clinic and arrange an appointment.
Some clinics operate a drop-in policy so you don’t even have to make an appointment but it’s important to know what days and what times they operate.
Your questions about getting tested
Most clinics will have health advisors that you can talk to, or ask the doctor or nurse when they initially have a one to one with you. They will also have condoms and lube available for you to take away. Advisors are also available to give advice on safer sex and condom use.
Here's some of the most common questions we get asked via email or through our helpline on 0845 3 30 30 30.
- How often should I get tested?
- What can I be tested for?
- What will happen when I get tested?
- When should I expect my results?
- What about the treatments if I have something?
- What is PEP?
Current guidelines suggest that gay and bisexual men should have an HIV test at least once every 12 months, but everyone is different and some people might need more than one.
There are currently no guidelines about how often to test for other sexually transmitted infections, but it stands to reason that the more partners you have, the more you should test.
You should always go for a test as soon as you notice any symptoms, even if they apparently clear up.
You should always go for a test if you are in a new relationship and want to stop using condoms (continue to use condoms for three months, and then both go for a full sexual health screen, just to be sure).
You should always go for a test if you think that you have been exposed to any sexually transmitted infection.
Rapid (Same day) HIV Testing
Tests for HIV in this way are done by taking a finger prick of blood, and using a test that shows the results the same day, usually within half an hour.
Some tests might pick up infections within about 4 weeks of possible exposure to HIV, but any negative result must be confirmed by taking another test after three months to be sure.
If you think you have been exposed to HIV, you might also have been exposed to other infections, and even if your HIV test is negative, you should go for a full sexual health screen.
The Lesbian & Gay Foundation offer Same Day Testing in Manchester at the Community Resource Centre every Wednesday from 12pm-2pm. Click here to read more
Community organisations often work with local GUM services to take sexual health clinics into non-clinical settings to target at risk populations. Examples include taking full sexual health screens into gay and bisexual men’s saunas, or Pride events.
With such a variety of ways to get tested, it really has never been easier to take control of your sexual health. In the end the message is simple “Know Your Status: Get Tested!”
If you're unsure whether there are outreach clinics in your area call the LGF Helpline on 0845 3 30 30 30.
There is an Outreach Clinic operating in Manchester between a number of venues usually every Monday. Click here to read more
Sexual Health Clinics provide services for the treatment and care of sexually transmitted infections, HIV testing and advice on sexual health concerns. The services are provided by a dedicated team of doctors, nurses and health advisers.
Services offered usually include:
- Sexual health screening, advice and treatments.
- You can get tested for gonorrhoea, syphilis, chlamydia, HIV, as well as treatments for genital and anal warts, genital herpes, non-specific genital infections and pubic lice.
- HIV screening, advice and treatments.
- Contraception information and provision of treatment.
- Impotence treatment (not all clinics offer this; please check by contacting them first).
- Genital dermatology.
- Safer sex advice.
Depending on the type of testing you undertake, the process will be slightly different. This might involve anything from peeing in a pot, undertaking a thumb-prick, or giving a blood-sample.
Usually when you arrive at a clinic, you will be asked to fill out a demographic form, and also a form detailing some information about your sexual activities. Please note that this information remains confidential.
The tests might include:
- Urine sample.
- Swabs for the throat and arse (and cock if you have symptoms).
- A blood sample.
- An examination of the genitals.
Although the tests might be a little uncomfortable, they’re not painful, and any stories about a ‘metal umbrella’ are simply not true!
You should not pee for at least an hour before your appointment.
If you have not been vaccinated against Hepatitis B then you will be offered a course of injections. It is in your best interests to be vaccinated against Hep B, just in case you ever come into contact with it.
Results are usually given out no later than two weeks of you attending the clinic, and the way that they are given out varies from clinic to clinic.
You will be advised as to the method, whether this be by text, over the phone, via messaging service or face to face.
Results are only ever given to you, and they are all fully confidential.
If an infection is diagnosed straight away, then the treatment will be given out there and then. It's important that you complete any treatment given, even if the symptoms go away. Sometimes treatments are given as injections.
You will be given the best treatment for your own circumstances, and you should follow any instructions given to you by clinic staff.
All treatments from Sexual Health Clinics are free.
(Post Exposure Prophylaxis)
If you think that you have been exposed to HIV due to having unprotected sex, or a condom breaking, there is a course of medication that you can take which may prevent you becoming HIV positive.
PEP is a four week course of anti HIV medication that must be taken within 72 hours of possible exposure.
The course of treatment can have side effects such as nausea, diarrhoea and severe headaches, which can make it necessary to take time off work.
It should not be thought of as a ‘morning after pill’ for HIV.
PEP is not guaranteed to work in 100% of cases, but the sooner you can get access to the treatment following the possible exposure, the more likely it is to work.
You can only access PEP up to a maximum of 72 hours following possible exposure, and is not likely to be effective after this time.
The course of treatment is available from sexual health clinics, and also from A&E departments. If you think you have been exposed to HIV, you should speak to a sexual health clinic as soon as possible.