Most HIV transmission occurs from people who think they are HIV negative, but are living with undiagnosed HIV. This is because when someone is diagnosed, they are offered treatment soon after which reduces the virus to clinically undetectable and untransmittable levels.
You can’t tell if someone has HIV.
This is why testing and knowing your HIV status is important.
if you are sexually active you should test as often as every three months. This is because tests are most accurate three months after exposure to HIV.
If you are not sexually active or in a monogamous relationship, we advise testing once a year.
If you think you might have an STI you should visit a sexual health (GUM) clinic so that you can test and start treatment as soon as possible.
Step Up Scheme
The SortHIV Step-Up scheme offers free and exclusive access to additional sexual health support, including one to one sessions, workshops, condoms and lube, and HIV/STI testing kits.
You will not be able to access PrEP directly through the step-up scheme but we will provide you with the most current information and inform you about ways you can access PrEP.
If you’d like to join the scheme click here. By completing the form, you consent to being contacted by PaSH staff who will review your referral and aim to get in touch with you within 2 working days.
Want to test from the comfort of your own home?
PaSH offer a postal HIV test kit you can complete at home and return to the lab for results. Order a HIV testing kit here This service is for men who identify as gay, bisexual, men who have sex with men and black African heterosexual men and women.
If you identify in another way please order a HIV testing kit available from https://freetesting.hiv/
There are many places to have a HIV test across Greater Manchester, including GUM clinics and in community settings. See the options in this PaSH Partnership directory.