Home Sampling Kits

Why should I test for HIV?

There are over 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK and around a quarter of them don’t know they’re HIV positive.

HIV is a treatable condition and no longer a terminal illness. Knowing whether or not you’re HIV positive is essential so that you can access specialist HIV services and HIV treatment.

Effective HIV therapy not only keeps the individual well but it also prevents them from passing the virus onto others. If someone with HIV is diagnosed early and is able to access treatment then their life expectancy is as good as if they were HIV negative.

What is a home sampling kit?

Home sampling allows you to self test at home. After receiving your test kit, you collect a sample of blood from your finger, then post your sample to the laboratory. A week or so later they will contact you with the result.

You can order free postal HIV test kits from test.HIV here.

Window period

The HIV test may not detect an infection that was contracted very recently – the test is highly accurate after 4 weeks, and almost 100% accurate after 8 weeks. If you had unprotected sex in the last 6-8 weeks, it is recommended that you test immediately and also complete a new test in 6 weeks to be sure of your status.

Sexual Health Clinics

LEEDS

Leeds Sexual Health

The Merrion Centre (1st floor),

50 Merrion Way, Leeds

LS2 8NG

Phone: 0113 392 0333. The booking line is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm.

MANCHESTER

THE HATHERSAGE CENTRE

280 Upper Brook St
Manchester
M13 OFH

Tel: 0161 701 1555

http://www.thenorthernsexualhealth.co.uk/

North Manchester Sexual Health Clinic
North Manchester General Hospital
Delaunays Road
Manchester
M8 5RB

Tel: 0161 918 4263

http://www.thenorthernsexualhealth.co.uk/

South Manchester Sexual Health Clinic
1st Floor
Withington Community Hospital
Nell Lane
Manchester
M20 2LR

Appointments
Phone: 0161 217 4939

http://www.thenorthernsexualhealth.co.uk/

BOLTON
Bolton Centre for Sexual Health
Minerva Road
Farnworth
Bolton
BL4 0JR

Phone: 01204 390771

BURY
Bury Integrated Sexual Health Services
3rd Floor, Townside Primary Care Centre
1 Knowsley Place
Knowsley Street
Bury
BL9 0SN

Phone: 0161 762 1588

HEYWOOD, MIDDLETON & ROCHDALE

The Bridge Sexual Health Clinic
GUM Clinic – Sexual Health Clinic
2nd Floor
Stonehill Block
Rochdale Infirmary
Whitehall Street
Rochdale
OL12 0NB

Phone: 0161 627 8753

ASHTON, LEIGH & WIGAN
Sexual Health Services
The Shine Centre
6 The Galleries Shopping Centre
Wigan
WN1 1PX

Phone: 01942 483 188

OLDHAM
Integrated Care Centre
2nd Floor,
1 New Radcliffe Street,
Oldham
OL1 1NL

Appointments
Phone: 0161 627 8753

SALFORD
Goodman Centre for Sexual Health
Lance Burn Medical Centre,
Churchill Way,
Salford
M6 5QX

Phone: 0161 212 5717

STOCKPORT
CHOICES CENTRE

1 Highbank Side
Stockport
SK1 1HG

Phone: Tel: 0161 2045888

http://www.thenorthernsexualhealth.co.uk/

TAMESIDE 
ORANGE ROOMS – TAMESIDE CENTRE FOR SEXUAL HEALTH

2nd Floor Ashton Primary Care Centre
193 Old Street, Ashton Under Lyne
OL6 7SR

Appointments & drop in – please phone for more information.

Tel: 0161 342 7101

http://www.thenorthernsexualhealth.co.uk/

TRAFFORD
Urmston Clinic

74 Princess Road
Urmston
Manchester
M41 5SQ

Appointments and drop in
Tel: 0161 749 1160

http://www.thenorthernsexualhealth.co.uk/

Rapid HIV Testing in Leeds

Rapid Point of Care HIV Testing – fast, confidential and free.

Free and confidential HIV testing is available at BHA Leeds Skyline, 9.00 am – 4.30 pm on weekdays. You don’t need to book an appointment unless you need the services of an interpreter.  

On arrival, we will discuss with you the reasons you feel you need a test, and decide which is the most appropriate service for you. We can offer HIV testing, plus the 3-in-1 STI/pregnancy test. Please note, this is for under 25’s only. You don’t have to use your real name, and if you feel uncomfortable with any of the questions, we won’t make you answer them.

Our trained workers will talk to you about HIV testing and answer any questions you may have about HIV.  

We use a finger prick blood test to take a small amount of blood and results are available within a few minutes. We will facilitate any onward referrals needed, and support you regardless of the result with our dedicated team of support workers.

If you don’t get a negative result, we will make the arrangements for you to have a further blood test to confirm the result. We do this because occasionally, the tests we use can pick up other things apart from HIV. The worker will discuss this with you more when you test. If you feel you would also like further emotional support, we can refer you directly into our HIV support service and link you up with a worker who will help you through the next stages.

Through our community work, we also provide HIV testing in local African community groups, centres and businesses.

Recent risk?

If you have put yourself at risk of HIV infection within the last 72 hours, you can attend your local sexual health centre or A and E and request PEP. This needs to be within 72 hours of potential exposure, and consists of a months course of anti-HIV treatment. The closer in time from the exposure will mean the medication has a better chance of preventing HIV transmission from occuring.

When should I test?

It takes 12 weeks for the antibodies to HIV infection to show up in your blood. This is called the window period. In this time, it is not advisable to test as your result may not be accurate.

If you test within the window period, we will always advise you to come back for a further test at 12 weeks.

If you decide to test at your local sexual health clinic, you can ask for a test which may be able to detect HIV itself, as well as the antibodies, at just 4 weeks. This will involve taking blood intravenously (from the arm), and is different from the finger prick tests we use at BHA Leeds Skyline. You will usually have your results in 2 weeks, and you are welcome to call us at any time during this process to get support and advice.

Rapid HIV Testing in Greater Manchester

Rapid HIV Testing

BHA offers free & confidential HIV testing within community settings across Greater Manchester and at our Manchester office. Results are available in 60 seconds.   Call or email us now to find out where we offer HIV testing or book an appointment at our office.  Tel: 0161 874 21 83 or email pash@thebha.org.uk

When to test?

An HIV test is the only way to know if you have HIV. The earlier you know your status, the sooner you can access treatment and care. Most people who test early and access treatment live a long and healthy life.

  • Test at the start of a relationship as part of a full sexual health screen check-up.
  • After unprotected (condom less) sex that could have put you at risk of HIV you should always take a test.
  • Test at least once a year or more frequently if having sex without condoms with new or casual partners.
  • Remember – a negative test result in the past is no longer accurate of you have taken risks since.

What does our Rapid HIV Test and Talk service involve?

Our service if free and confidential and is delivered by trained testers who will have a brief chat with you about HIV exposure and risk before taking a very small sample of your blood during a quick finger-prick. Results will be ready in 60 seconds and we provide support regardless of your result.

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Recent risk?

If you have put yourself at risk of HIV infection within the last 72 hours, you can attend your local sexual health center or A and E department and request PEP. This needs to be within 72 hours of potential exposure and consists of a month’s course of treatment. The closer in time from the exposure will mean the medication has a better chance of preventing HIV transmission from occurring.

Testing and window periods

It takes 12 weeks for the antibodies of HIV infection to show up in your blood with our rapid HIV test. This is called the window period. In this time, it may be better to use a different type of HIV testing available from a sexual health clinic. 

If you test within the window period, we will always advise you to come back for a further test at 12 weeks.

If you decide to test at your local sexual health clinic, you can ask for a test which may be able to detect HIV itself, as well as the antibodies, at just 4 weeks. This will involve taking blood intravenously (from the arm), and is different from the finger prick tests we use at BHA. You will usually have your results in 2 weeks, and you are welcome to call us at any time during this process to get support and advice.

If you would like a rapid HIV test or for our team to provide HIV testing at your group or event please contact us for details. This is a free service. 

Please contact us on 0161 874 21 83 or email pash@thebha.org.uk