HIV prevention and support

Options for HIV testing

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Options for HIV testing

Rapid HIV Testing – With Instant Results

The whole process of rapid HIV testing is quick and simple and can be done in a few easy steps:

  1. Just walk-in Monday to Saturday (no appointment needed) or contact the sexual health team on 0121 643 0821 and book a test.
  2. We will take some brief details form you when you come in and give you some pre-test information about the test so that you can give your informed consent to be tested.
  3. We will perform the simple finger prick rapid HIV test and give you your results.
  4. We will give your some post-test information and offer you any further support or follow up which you may need.

The whole process usually takes 20 minutes.

Assisted STI Testing

This option is preferred by many.

Just walk-in Monday to Saturday (no appointment needed) or contact the sexual health team on 0121 643 0821 and book a test.

Using postal STI testing kits, our sexual health staff can assist you to take the necessary samples (urine sample, swabs and finger prick blood sample) to test for:

  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • Gonorrhoea
  • Chlamydia
  • Hepatitis B – in men who have sex with men’s kits

If you are unsure about or have difficulty using the home testing kits this is a great option. By being assisted with testing you may develop confidence to test yourself on future occasions.

This service is intended for those who do not have STI symptoms. If you have symptoms we recommend that you seek treatment. You can find details of clinics where you can get treatment on the website.

Self Sampling (Home Testing STI Test Kits)

Home STI Test kits

You can pick up a FREE STI testing kit from the LGBT centre or from a pharmacy or clinic near you, to take your own samples at home if you prefer this option. (Skip back to the drop down menu to order a FREE STI testing kits)

About STI Self Sampling Kits

If you are aged 16 or over and living in Birmingham or Solihull, you can request a FREE sexually transmitted infection (STI) self-sampling kit. You can use the kit to take your own samples at home and then send them back to is for FREE.  We’ll test your samples and let you know the results by phone or text message for FREE.

Did we mention it’s FREE?

All kits allow testing for:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea
  • HIV
  • Syphilis
  • Hepatitis B is also included for men who have sex with men.

Order a Home Testing Kit

Order a home sampling kit for free here:

Nurse and Consultant led clinics

Nurse-led clinics

We provide a variety of weekly or monthly nurse or consultant led sexual health clinics from the Birmingham LGBT Centre.

These clinics are suitable for people who have STI symptoms and need treatment.

Our current nurse or consultant led clinics are:

  • LGBT sexual health clinic every Thursday 9am to 5pm.
  • Clinic Trans – monthly sexual health clinic exclusively for Trans people every 4th Friday 4-7pm.

For more info on ‘Our Clinics’ click here.

Or call us on 0121 643 0821

These clinics are provided by our partner organisation – Umbrella Health and the nurses and consultants are NHS trained.

These clinics are all FREE OF CHARGE and Confidential.

Other Services

We can offer sexual health-related support sessions with our sexual health promotion team.

Confidential, Free and Professional sessions can be offered to you if there are any issues that you would like to discuss with one of the team. Issues may be related to your sexuality, gender identity, sexual health or health status, or something else.

Through these one to one sessions we can help you to explore your issues of concern further and may be able to refer you on to other services or activities which may be of benefit.

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If you have any enquiries, questions, or if we can help in any way, we’d love to hear from you 

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