National HIV Testing Week is a great opportunity to get tested and encourage others to test for HIV. Testing is free, fast, confidential and simple – you can even do it at home.

Why test?

The sooner you find out whether you have HIV, the better it is for your health. If you have HIV for a long time without knowing, it can damage your body and even shorten your life. Test negative and you end any worries or doubt.

Testing is good for all of us. Someone taking medication and with an undetectable viral load* cannot pass on HIV. But most people get HIV from someone who doesn’t realise they have it. If more people test and get the medication they need we could dramatically cut the numbers who get HIV in the future.

It’s a good idea to test at least once a year (or more often if you have unprotected sex with more than one partner).

*Viral load is how much HIV is in someone’s body, measured by a blood test. Treatment can push levels of HIV so low that tests show it’s at ‘undetectable’ levels.

Renaissance, as a local activation partner for the event, are heavily involved with raising awareness across Lancashire, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen, as well as offering FREE and confidential HIV testing in community and social settings with fast track support from HIV nursing teams in your area, in the event of a reactive result.

HIV testing is always available from your local Sexual Health Clinic or GUM as well as at our Head Office, 102 Dickson Road, BLACKPOOL.

Below you will find information for what is going on in your area, including pop up testing events. Drop in clinics and information stations.

Week Long Events in Blackpool

There will be pop up stalls at the 3 Blackpool and the Fylde College sites, University Campus & Gateway, Park Road & Bispham Campus, Ashfield Road.

Pop up Information Station at Blackpool Sixth Form College – Blackpool Old Rd, Blackpool FY3 7LR


Monday 20th November
HORIZON DROP IN TESTING 102 Dickson Road 10am – 4pm

HORIZON Testing at KAOS, Queen Street, 1pm – 5.00pm

Tuesday 21st November 
HORIZON Drop In Testing, 102 Dickson Road 10am – 4pm

HORIZON Testing with Clinical Partners at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, Main Entrance 10.00am – 2.00pm

M2M – Exclusive Men only full sexual health drop in clinic at 102 Dickson Road 5.30pm – 8pm

Wednesday 22nd November 
HORIZON Drop In Testing, 102 Dickson Road 10am – 4pm

HORIZON Testing at Acqua Sauna, Springfield Road, 1pm – 4.30pm

Thursday 23rd November
HORIZON Drop In Testing, 102 Dickson Road, 10am – 4pm

HORIZON Testing at INFUSION Sauna, General Street 1pm – 4pm

Friday 24th November
HORIZON Drop In Testing, 102 Dickson Road, 10am – 4pm

Our National HIV Testing Week Safer Sex Packs are currently being delivered across Blackpool. Collect yours from any LGB&T Venue, Sauna or in person from 102 Dickson Road.
Rememeber you can also sign up to receive Condoms and Lube through the post in discreet packaging Free of Charge.
Just visit our website to sign up
Click Here to Sign up to the Postal Condom Scheme

Local Entertainer Reece Oliver took part in a film made in house at HORIZON LGB&T to show the experience had when coming for a Rapid Result HIV Test.

Free & Confidential Rapid HIV Testing

Monday 20th November
Lancashire Victim Services, Percy Street, Preston – 1pm – 4pm

Wednesday 22nd November
The Foxton Centre, Knowsley St, Preston, 9.30am – 11.30am
Base 18 New Hall Lane Preston. – 7pm – 9pm

Thursday 23rd November
UCLAN Student’s Union, Fylde Road, Preston, 1pm – 5pm

Friday 24th November
Oblivion Bar, 12-14 Back Grimshaw St, Preston – 9pm – 11pm


HRH Prince Harry took a Rapid HIV Test. These are the same tests that are used by Renaissance across Lancashire. Speak to your practitioner in your area to see if you qualify for a 60 second test.

HIV Support Worker Jane Altham, at Darwen Tower

Free & Confidential Rapid HIV TestingTuesday 21st November  

Your Support your Choice, 9a Town Hall Street, Blackburn – 9.30am – 11.30am

Wesley Hall Methodist Church, Feilden Street, Blackburn   -11.30am – 2pm

Wednesday 22nd November 

DARE @  United Reformed Church, Duckworth St, Darwen – 11am – 1pm


You can now order a FREE postal HIV Test for you to complete yourself at home. Just follow the link below and a discreet self sampling kit will be sent to your home address