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.

Chlamydia testing
PrEP
HIV home testing
C-Card scheme

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Accessing our service during the COVID pandemic

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

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

Despite any changes made to COVID risk measures outside of NHS premises our staff, patients and visitors will be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting our clinics, including wearing a face covering. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been requested to self-isolate please do not attend the clinic.

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