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Sex, Social Distancing and COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Our professional society, the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) have released guidance today on sex and social […]

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Contraception during the COVID-19 pandemic

Updated 30.03.20 Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic we have had to significantly reduce the provision of routine […]

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Comment on COVID-19 from the British HIV Association (BHIVA)

updated Wednesday 25 March 2020 The British HIV Association (BHIVA) and the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) have updated their 23 […]

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Emergency contraception

Did you know that you can still get pregnant even if you took emergency contraception? Who should take emergency contraception […]

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You can help us improve this website by providing some quick feedback here or below It’s quick, completely confidential and we’d […]

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What to do about vaginal discharge…

Our most common symptom in the clinic is vaginal discharge. We give our tips below on how to think about […]

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U=U

U=U (undetectable = untransmissable) and 90-90-90

What is 90-90-90? 90-90-90 is a Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) strategy. Its aim is to control the […]

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Does using contraception make you put on weight?

Many women often stop their contraception as they blame their contraception for putting on weight. Hopefully these few points will […]

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Using a reliable method of contraception.

5 reasons you should be using a reliable method of contraception: 1. To prevent an unwanted pregnancy. 84 out of […]

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Chlamydia Vaccine Progress – Fingers Crossed for the Future!

I saw this in the news the other day… Yes. There was a spurt of media coverage this week into […]

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Holiday romance? Advice, including where to get emergency contraception abroad.

The holiday season is upon us and recent research shows that we feel less inhibited and more likely to have […]

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12 things you can do before pregnancy for a healthier baby.

If you’ve decided to stop your regular contraception and start trying for a baby, there are things that you can […]

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Coronavirus Covid 19

General Advice:

Anyone who has symptoms including a new continuous cough or high temperature should stay at home and self-isolate for 7 days from when your symptoms started. This action will help to protect others in our community whilst you are infectious.

Clear advice for people with early symptoms of coronavirus is available online at nhs.uk/coronavirus .

Advice from our service:

We have updated information on the provision of routine contraception during this pandemic here.

Information is now also available to advise on sexual contact during a time of social distancing here.

There is also specific advice on coronavirus available for People Living with HIV here, and for pregnant women here

How to access the service:

We have now implemented a telephone triage system for all of our clinics. This system will be in place for the duration of the this pandemic. Please contact our services to access this triage system. Our central telephone number is 0300 303 3989.

If you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus please do not attend the clinic.

Please be aware that we may have to cancel, rearrange or shut clinical services in response to changing clinical and staffing pressures created by the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Alternative provision:

If you are struggling to access sexual health services, alternatives may be available:

  • Emergency Contraception - at your local pharmacy - more info
  • Contraceptive pills - obtained from your GP or bought online - more info
  • Chlamydia and gonorrhoea screening - available online for under 25s only - more info
  • HIV postal testing - available to at-risk groups for a small fee -  more info
  • HIV PEPSE - available via A+E departments - more info