Notice to patients
We are experiencing a high demand on the service and we are sorry for your inconvenience. This is owing to staff shortages and a reduction in appointments available. The Receptionists will do their best to help you and get you seen as soon as possible. To help you (if you do not have any symptoms) you can also get a home testing kit from our website. We hope to address our staffing shortfall as soon as possible. Please look out for further information on our website.
Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) is HIV medication that is prescribed to a HIV negative person, within 72 hours of potential exposure to HIV. Ideally it should be started within 24 hours. It needs to be taken for 28 days. A&E departments are able to start PEP when our clinics are closed.
PEP is recommended:
- If the partner was HIV positive and not on treatment
- You had anal sex without a condom.
- If you had a partner of unknown HIV status belonging to a group at high risk of HIV (e.g. Gay man or from Africa/ SE Asia)
- You were penetrated anally without a condom
- If you shared injecting needles
PEP is not recommended:
- Your HIV positive partner on treatment and has undetectable virus levels
- Human bites
- Another person’s semen gets in your eye
- You had oral sex (Mouth to vagina/penis)