We are the local expert service for sexual health and HIV. You don't need to be referred here. You can just turn up. We are often able to tell you if anything is wrong straightaway. Everything you tell us remains confidential, and all treatments are free of charge.
If you have had an accident with a condom or forgotten to use one you might get pregnant. There is a single pill called the emergency contraceptive that helps prevent this. It works best if taken within a few hours but still works up to three days after the accident. It is very safe and doesn't usually make you feel ill.
When you arrive at the clinic, tell us straight away that you are here for EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION. If we are closed you can get this from your family doctor (GP), Family Planning Clinics, Accident and Emergency Departments and from Pharmacies (they sometimes make a charge for this).
HIV is a treatable infection these days - that's why we encourage everyone to take an HIV test from time to time, as people getting sick from HIV or developing AIDS can be prevented. Treatment for people who haven't needed it before can be as simple as one pill per day - with suprisingly few side-effects. HIV medications need to be taken every day and sometimes this can be difficult. We have a specialist Pharmacist who is here to help.
For interactions between HIV medications and other drugs check out www.hiv-druginteractions.org People with HIV can sometimes feel a little low or depressed, or may have problems with their memory. We have a Psychologist here to help, ask your doctor or nurse if you would like to be referred. We are currently fundraising through our charity campaign POSITIVE OUTLOOK to redevelop the HIV clinic to offer a wider range of services in state-of-the-art surroundings.
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