Research at Devon Sexual Health

Research at Devon Sexual Health

Devon Sexual Health clinics are actively involved in clinical research, with the South West Peninsula STI Research Champion based at the service. In recent years the service has recruited past target to its interventional studies. There is a shared ambition across the service to expand the research portfolio, supported by an enthusiastic team.

Information on our current active studies can be found below

SEQUENCE Digital

SEQUENCE Digital

SEQUENCE Digital is a five-year programme of research (2020-2025) funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and led by Professor Claudia Estcourt, Glasgow Caledonian University, which aims to provide research evidence to improve sexual health for all in a digital NHS: https://www.sequencedigital.org.uk/

Participant Information Sheets and Consent Forms:

Study A – Access:

Participant Information Sheet

Interview Consent Form

 

Study B – Contact:

Participant Information Sheet

Interview Consent Form

 

Study C – Pathway

Participant Information Sheet

Consent Form

Positive Voices 2022

Positive Voices 2022

The survey aims to collect data from a representative sample of people living with HIV on a range of issues that affect their health including: education and employment, sex and sexuality, alcohol, tobacco and drug use, adherence to HIV medication, quality of life, HIV stigma and discrimination, and satisfaction with NHS services. The results will be used to evaluate and inform improvements to HIV services as well as support the provision of new services.

Information about the study and recruitment progress can be accessed here:
http://www.niche.ac/positivevoices2022.

PLATINUM

PLATINUM

PLATINUM is a randomised controlled trial coordinated by researchers at the University of Oxford, funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (not the makers of tecovirimat). It is evaluating the effect of tecovirimat 600mg twice daily for 14 days versus placebo on the rate of self-reported recovery from monkeypox, and on time to viral clearance assessed by weekly self-taken swabs. The trial is being conducted remotely, with no in-person contact. Medication and swabs are delivered and collected by courier. After 28 days there are no further trial procedures. The study aims to recruit 500 patients with recent onset monkeypox infection from across the UK.

Information about the study is available here:  https://www.platinumtrial.ox.ac.uk/patients

Chlamydia testing
PrEP
HIV home testing
C-Card scheme

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Accessing our service

In response to the emergence of COVID-19 we have implemented a telephone triage system for all of our clinics. Our central telephone number is 0300 303 3989.

We are currently experiencing high demand for our Sexual Health Services across Devon and Torbay with unprecedented demand in Exeter. Please note always review urgent cases the same day. If your need is urgent and you are struggling to reach us keep trying as our phone system will explain how to access same-day care with us.

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

Self-requested STI testing by post is available for those aged under 25- more info

We are now running an under 18’s sit and wait clinic at Exeter, Torquay, and Barnstaple for more information click here

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

  • Emergency Contraception - from a local pharmacy - more info
  • Contraceptive pills and LARC procedures - obtained from your GP
  • HIV PEPSE - available via A+E departments - more info
  • Condoms by post (for gay and bisexual men only) - more info