Due to COVID-19, we have temporarily moved to telephone appointments. Please do not come to clinic unless told to do so. TRIAGE We have an emergency phone line 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday and 9.00 - 11.00am on Saturday for emergency cases (PEP, sexual assault, emergency contraception and Under 16's) and you can call us on 0161 701 1513 or 0161 701 1514. Based on the information you give us, we will assess each case individually and advise you accordingly.
Patients living with HIV and concerned about COVID-19
HIV patients are strongly advised to visit the British HIV association website which has extensive information on COVID-19 - BHIVA COVID-19 updates
Exposure to HIV
Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) is HIV
medication that is prescribed to a HIV negative person, within 72 hours of
potential exposure to HIV. If you need PEP, this works best if it is started as
soon as possible.
For this reason, if you think you need PEP, just walk into one of our hub clinics and tell the receptionist that you need PEP. A&E departments should also be able to start PEP when our clinics are closed.
PEP is recommended:
· If the partner was HIV positive and not on treatment
· You are a man who had anal sex with another man 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)
· Chemsex with sharing of needles
· Other situations which could have put you at significant risk of catching HIV
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)
· You are taking PrEP correctly