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HIV RAPID TESTING SERVICE

BODY POSITIVE NORTH WEST

Rapid HIV Testing

Since January 2008, BPNW has offered a nurse-led rapid HIV testing service.

Results are available within 60 seconds. Referrals are made to a number of local hospitals.
If you are concerned that you may have been exposed to HIV and would like to take a free, confidential HIV test, we are now able to offer this service from our premises in Whalley Range.
The nurse-led clinic offers access to the latest rapid HIV antibody test (results are available within one minute of the test being carried out).

The whole process including pre- and post- test counselling lasts about one hour. And we can fast track to one of the local hospitals for confirmatory testing should the result be positive.
Appointments are available on Wednesdays at 2, 3, 4 and 5 pm. to book an appointment call Emma on 0161 882 2200.

The first rapid HIV test is delivered by our new clinical team of volunteer nurses and counsellors, some of whom are themselves living with HIV.

Quote Adrienne Seed, volunteer counsellor Rapid HIV Testing Clinical Team –

“Having received my own initial HIV diagnosis after a nail biting wait of over two weeks and without the benefit of either pre or post test counselling, I realise only too well the immense emotional and practical support that we as a team at BP Northwest can offer and provide for the client, as well as an instant result without the agony of a long wait. Added to which, should there be a positive diagnosis, BP can follow through with continuing ongoing support in order to help the client adjust to the dramatic life changing results of a positive diagnosis. Something I never had and which I know would have lessened the blow somewhat. I am very proud to be part of the team at BP and we are continuously striving through regular team meetings and constant supervision to better and expand on the service we provide. As a counsellor, although I find my role constantly challenging as the circumstances for the client can change during the session with the impact of a positive diagnosis, I also find it immensely rewarding to know that whether the result of a test is positive or negative, we as a team are there to help that client in any way we can. We are also aiding prevention by offering clients information about sexual health and advice in regard to keeping themselves safe.”

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