All our services are LGBT friendly and welcome gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. You can see your GP or come to any walk-in clinic or phone for a routine appointment in Chalmers or the Local Clinics. We may recommend that you go to one particular service rather than another, depending on the situation.
I have no symptoms – I just want to be tested for STIs including HIV
All options are open to you. Our m-test service is a good option if you just want a straightforward HIV and STI screen. Chalmers Centre or Local Clinics offer tests for STIs, or you can come to the Gay Mens Health Clinic at Chalmers Centre. Many GPs will also be happy to do tests for you.
The following services are specifically for men who have sex with men:
Gay men’s clinic (GMC) at Chalmers
The Gay Men’s Clinic at Chalmers Centre is for all men who have sex with men. The Gay Men’s Clinic has appointments from 4.30pm to 7.00pm on Wednesdays, with a walk-in clinic from 5pm-6pm.
Appointments are available by phoning 0131 536 1070. The receptionist will usually ask you if the GMC is suitable for you – if you are not asked, please explain if you would prefer an appointment at the GMC. If you have an urgent problem, you can attend the walk-in service at the GMC – booking in from 4.30pm . If the clinic is busy you may have to wait until the end of the clinic before you are seen and occasionally we may not be able to see you if the problem is non-urgent. The clinic offers a full range of tests and treatment for sexually transmitted infections. HIV counselling and testing is provided – the results are available in person on the next (i.e. Thursday) afternoon.
m-test is a service run by our ROAM Team that offers rapid (on the spot) HIV testing as well as screening for other STIs. There are several drop in m-test clinics every week and these are a great place to get tested for your regular check up. At m-test you will receive your HIV and syphilis results before you leave the clinic, usually 5-20 minutes after the test. We recommend that most gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men get a check up every three months for HIV and other STIs.
For more information see m-test visit www.roam-outreach.com.
If you can answer yes to the following questions then our m-test service would be a good option for you:
• I am over 16
• I’m sure I don’t have any symptoms which might mean I have an STI
• I haven’t been told by a sexual partner that I might have an STI
(within the last three months)
I have symptoms that probably mean I have an STI
This would include symptoms such as discharge from the penis, pain when passing urine, discharge from the anus (bottom), pain in the anus, or one or more ulcers (sores) affecting the genitals.
You will need to be examined by a doctor or nurse. If you have a discharge, samples are looked at under a microscope immediately, so that accurate treatment can be given straight away. We would therefore recommend that you come to Chalmers Centre or the Local Clinic at Howden.
m-test services are not the right option if you have symptoms – you can’t be examined or get any treatment at an m-test service.
I have some symptoms, but I am not sure if this means I have an STI or not
This might include lumps/spots on the genitals or a mild skin rash.
You will need to be examined by a doctor or nurse. We would therefore recommend that you come to Chalmers Centre or one of the Local clinics
m-test services are not the right option if you have symptoms – you can’t be examined or get any treatment at an m-test service. But if you don’t think the symptoms are caused by an STI, but just want to be sure, an m-test service can do a full set of tests for STIs.
A sexual partner has told me he has an STI
Treatment for more complex STIs such as syphilis or gonorrhoea is only available at Chalmers Centre and Howden; so if a sexual partner has told you that you may need treatment for these STIs, our advice would be to go to one of these two services.
Treatment for chlamydia is available at Chalmers Centre
and all Local Clinics except m-test services..
If you have had sex with a partner who has told you he has HIV, you have a number of choices.
If the sexual contact was within the last 72 hours, click here to read about PEP
Otherwise, you can use any of these services to get an HIV test:
m-test – HIV rapid fingerprick test, results within 5-20 minutes
Chalmers Centre – blood test, results routinely available at 1 week, but can be less than 24 hours
Local clinics and GPs - blood test, results routinely available at 1 week
There are two other ways of getting tested for HIV.
The Terence Higgins Trust provides a postal testing service. For further information go to
Since April 2015, it has been possible to buy a self-testing kit for HIV. For further information go to