Important Updates

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



PrEP

PrEP or pre-exposure prophylaxis involves HIV negative people taking HIV medication called Truvada 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.

It does not protect against any other STI, only HIV. You need to take other precautions in addition to PrEP to protect yourself from all other STIs. We recommend regular STI testing if you are on PrEP. You should have an HIV test every 3 month.

How to take PrEP

There are 2 ways of taking PrEP (based on 2 European studies):

PROUD study1

  • One tablet every 24 hours.

IPERGAY trial2

  • Event-based dosing for a single sex act comprises two tablets 2–24 hours before sex, one tablet 24 hours (22–26 hours) after the first dose, and another tablet 48 hours (46–50 hours) after the first dose.
  • This regimen is not recommended for vaginal sex.

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.

NHS PrEP trial

The Northern sites below are currently involved in the Impact PrEP trial. Due to limited places available for the service several sites are now closed to further recruitment but will continue to monitor and follow up trial participants. To find out if there are still places available at each site please contact the following numbers :

Hathersage : 0161 701 1504

Stockport : 0161 204 5884

Tameside : 0161 342 7101

Trafford : 0161 241 7582 

Withington : 0161 217 3318

North Manchester : 0161 918 4263

Please note due to longstanding overwhelming demand, places cannot be guaranteed onto this trial.

Non trial PrEP

  • If you are taking PrEP bought online we can arrange ongoing monitoring at each clinic.
     
  • We would recommend that we see you every 3 months and you have the following tests:
    • HIV, Syphilis, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C
    • Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea testing
    • A urine test to look for protein
    • A blood test to monitor your kidneys every year

  • We can also discuss any vaccines we can offer you and give you advice on how to take the medication and cope with any problems.

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