Important Updates

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WE’VE LISTENED TO YOUR FEEDBACK From Monday 4th November 2019 WE WILL RELEASE ONLINE BOOKING SLOTS AT 8.30AM. THESE SLOTS WILL BE FOR THE FOLLOWING WORKING DAY.


Important Notice

There are issues with the telephone lines at The Hathersage Centre. If your query is urgent please contact us via email. Thank you for your patience in the meantime.

Important Notice

Due to staff shortages we are experiencing a slight delay in providing test results We are taking steps to minimise disruptions. Thank you for your patience in the meantime

HIV Testing and Prevention

The only way to find out if you have HIV is to have an HIV test.HIV testing is confidential and free. Being diagnosed early can help you stay well and reduce risk to partners.

For many patients, the service we offer is a blood test. Samples are sent to our laboratory and results are available within five working days.

How do I get tested?

  • Visit your GP
  • Visit our clinics
  • Self test - Terence Higgins Trust website/HIV Test
  • Outreach clinic – We offer full STI screen, includes HIV test in our outreach clinic at LGBT Foundation
  • LGBT Foundation

Prevention

Condoms - Using condom during sex is the best way to prevent catching HIV.

PEP - If you’ve had sex with somebody who may be HIV positive, you can reduce your chances of HIV infection by taking post-exposure prophylaxis after sexual exposure (PEPSE) within 72 hours of exposure to the virus.

PrEP-  Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis involves HIV negative people taking Truvada (a drug currently used to treat people with HIV) as a method of helping to prevent HIV infection. Recent research has shown that if taken correctly, Truvada is highly effective at preventing HIV infection. Unfortunately, the cost of PrEP medicines is not currently covered by the NHS. However we can provide free advice and monitoring in any of our routine sexual health appointments. ‘Generic’ PrEP is available online.

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