If you are sexually active, testing regularly for HIV is the right thing to do.
HIV testing has never been easier. Service providers now offer HIV tests in clinical settings and a wide range of community locations at times that you are likely to find convenient.
Knowing your HIV status puts you in control of your health and means you can access the medical treatment and support you need to stay well. With early diagnosis, treatment and healthcare, people living with HIV can expect a normal life expectancy. You can only know your HIV status by taking a HIV test
George House Trust strongly believes that everyone should be aware of their own HIV status and advocates that anyone who is sexually active should test regularly for HIV. HIV testing is free and confidential. The most common form of HIV test is a blood test, in which a small amount of blood is taken and tested. It can take between three weeks and three months after you have been infected with HIV for the virus to show up in testing. If your most recent risk of getting HIV was within the last three months you can test straight away, but you will be advised to have another one a few weeks later.
If you do receive a positive result, George House Trust is here to provide you with the support you may need. We will be able to talk with you about your diagnosis and will be able to help you understand what living with HIV might mean for you. You can take a test at your local sexual health clinic. Testing may also be available from voluntary organisations in your area.
test.HIV: HOME SAMPLING
Free self-sampling HIV test kits are available in many areas of the country. The test.hiv service is the Nationally commissioned provider of HIV home-sampling screening until 1 January 2016, and offers free HIV tests in participating regions. Visit test.HIV to check availability and to order your sampling kit.
WHERE TO GET TESTED IN GREATER MANCHESTER
5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF
Telephone: 0345 3 30 30 30
SEXUAL HEALTH CLINICS
Services and opening times will vary between clinics. Please check directly with the clinic.
BOLTON: BOLTON CENTRE FOR SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
N Block, Royal Bolton Hospital, BL4 0JR..
Telephone: 01204 390771
BURY: BURY SEXUAL HEALTH SERVICES
The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, 3rd Floor, Townside Primary Care Centre, Bury, BL9 0SN.
Telephone: 0161 762 1588
MANCHESTER: NORTH MANCHESTER GENERAL HOSPITAL
Delaunays Road, Manchester, M8 5RB
Telephone: 0161 918 4263
MANCHESTER: MANCHESTER CENTRE FOR SEXUAL HEALTH
The Hathersage Centre, 280 Upper Brook Street, Manchester, M13 0FH
Telephone: 0161 276 5212/5200
MANCHESTER: SOUTH MANCHESTER DEPARTMENT OF SEXUAL HEALTH MEDICINE & HIV
1st Floor, Withington Community Hospital, Nell Lane, Manchester, M20 2LR
Telephone: 0161 217 4939
OLDHAM: SEXUAL HEALTH OLDHAM
Oldham Integrated Care Centre, 5th floor, New Radcliffe Street, Oldham, OL1 1NL.
Telephone: 0300 303 8565
ROCHDALE: ROCHDALE BOROUGH SEXUAL HEALTH AND CONTRACEPTIVE SERVICE
The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Nye Bevan House, Maclure Road, Rochdale, OL11 1DN.
Telephone: 01706 676464
SALFORD: THE GOODMAN CENTRE FOR SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH
Lance Burn Health Centre, Churchill Way, Salford, M65QX.
Telephone: 0161 212 5717
STOCKPORT: THE CHOICES CENTRE
1 High Bankside, Stockport, SK1 1HB
Telephone: 0161 426 9677
TAMESIDE: SEXUAL HEALTH SERVICE - ASHTON PRIMARY CARE
Ashton Primary Care Centre, 193 Old St, Ashton-Under-Lyne OL6 7SR.
Telephone: 0161 342 7101
TRAFFORD: TRAFFORD INTEGRATED SEXUAL HEALTH SERVICE
Urmston Clinic, 74 Princess Road, Trafford, M41 5SQ.
Telephone: 0161 749 1160
WIGAN: THE SHINE CENTRE - WIGAN SEXUAL HEALTH
6 Wigan Galleries, Wigan, WN1 1AR
Telephone: 01942 483 188