HIV testing is a standard part of a sexual health check-up
It is always better to know your HIV status
HIV is a treatable infection.
Effective treatment keeps people living with HIV well, which also means HIV cannot be passed to sexual partners too.
HIV treatment is so good that there is now no difference in life expectancy between people living with HIV and people who are HIV negative.
Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a way of using HIV medication before sex to reduce the risk of HIV. It has been shown in studies to be highly effective if taken correctly.
PrEP is available from the NHS for people at high risk of HIV. Please call any of our clinics to book a PrEP appointment.
People living with HIV who are on treatment and have an undetectable viral load are not able to pass the virus on to their sexual partners.
PEP stands for Post-exposure prophylaxis. It is a 28 day course of HIV medicines that reduces the likelihood of HIV infection after you have been exposed.
PEP can be taken when there has been a risk that you have come into contact with HIV. This can be after unprotected sex or a condom break with someone who is at high risk of having HIV.
It can also be taken if you have been sharing drug injecting equipment. PEP is not necessary for everyone who has had an episode of unprotected sex - you can discuss this in more detail with our staff.
Please call any of our clinics and state you may need PEP. Out of hours PEP can be obtained from the Accident and Emergency Department.