The award winning HIV testing service for you
About Testing Times
Free. It doesn’t matter who you are, you will not have to pay for this service.
Fast. From when you first arrive to you leaving with an HIV test result normally takes less than an hour.
Flexible. There is no need to make an appointment for our drop-in sessions. If you can't make the drop-in sessions, we can arrange an appointment for you at a convenient time for you.
Confidential. We will not tell anyone else that you have used the service. We will not share any information about you unless you ask us to.
Convenient. The service operates across venues in Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, York and North Yorkshire.
What happens at Testing Times when I come in?
When you arrive you will be asked a few questions about yourself and what service you would like. We can offer an HIV test and/or a Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea pee in a pot screening. This is to make sure that we are able to give you the correct test results and provide you with the best service we can. You don’t have to answer all or any of the questions we ask. You can even give us a false name if you wish.
We want to make sure that you know what having a HIV test means for you, so there are trained workers to talk to you about the test you are about to have, and to answer any questions about HIV and the HIV test you might have. If after the discussion with the worker you still want to go ahead with the test, you are asked to give a pin-prick sample of blood to our worker. We can give you your results after 20 minutes.
If you haven't received a negative result, the Testing Times team will arrange for you to have further confirmatory tests and help get you an appointment at the sexual health clinic of your choice. A confirmatory test is needed in the rare event that the test has found something else in your blood. Testing Times will help you access local emotional and practical support services, if you want them to.
If you receive a negative result, we can talk to you about why you put yourself at risk and how you might want to manage your risk taking in the future. We can also give you free condoms and water-based lube.
What do people say about our service?
The following are service user comments on our service:
"Very helpful and professional"
"This was such a relief for me. I have tried to go to GUM clinics. they were either closed or full. This was the perfect time and place"
"Great experience. Staff/volunteers made what is an uncomfortable situation as comfortable and straight forward as possible."
"Very easy to access here, welcoming crew of folks, excellent that you can just turn up and it only takes about half an hour!"
"Friendly, convenient, quick, quiet. No need for appointment"
"I like the informal, friendly and informative nature of the consultation here."