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*Due to heavy snowfall across parts of York and North Yorkshire, please be aware that conditions for travelling to the clinics might be more difficult. If you have an appointment today please ring ahead to check what the weather conditions are like at the clinics*

*Unfortunately due to the weather conditions the Ripon clinic is closed today*

11.01.2021 Following the recent announcements regarding Covid lockdown – Please be reassured that we are still providing face to face and virtual services.

If you need sexual health care, please continue to call our central booking line on 01904 721111 and press option 1.

You will be assessed by our team and one of our nurses will call you to discuss the best way to get you the care you need.

 

Important information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

In order to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we are offering telephone appointments and postal tests/treatments whenever possible. If you need to be seen in a clinic this can be arranged after you have spoken with a nurse on the phone.

ONLINE SERVICES - free condoms are available via the website for residents of York and North Yorkshire. Online testing is available for those most at risk of STIs or who have been advised to do a test

If you are 18 and under and live in York there are now planned appointments and same day access slots available on a Monday 4pm-7pm, call 01904 721111 or text 07973 775692 to make an appointment (both phones lines are closed on Bank holidays)

Please note that ALL patients, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask or face covering in all NHS buildings.

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HIV - Break the Chain, Time to Test campaign launched

Break the Chain: Time to Test Campaign

Covid-19 presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity in the fight against HIV and syphilis. Since the introduction of social distancing measures in March, most people have not been having sex outside their household, which means much fewer people have been exposed to HIV and syphilis.

The Break the Chain: Time to test campaign, founded by 56 Dean Street (Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), seeks to maximise the current social distancing situation to identify everyone who has undiagnosed HIV so that they can start treatment early, improve their health, and prevent them from passing on HIV to anyone else.

Now is the time: we have an unprecedented opportunity to stop HIV transmissions

When someone first catches HIV, they are highly infectious and more likely to pass on HIV than normal. However, HIV infections take between 4-8 weeks before they can be identified through testing. With lockdown having started in March, there are many fewer people in this โ€˜blindspotโ€™ who would otherwise be missed, and testing now could identify almost everyone who has the virus.

If those who test positive start effective treatment straight away, the virus will become undetectable and they canโ€™t pass it on to anyone else. PHE will also provide the option for people to test for syphilis. The campaign is targeted towards black African people and Gay and Bisexual men who are at greater risk of HIV infection. Free and confidential tests are available here

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