Important information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Until further notice all of our Queue & Wait, Test & Go and routine appointment services are suspended to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to enable some of our staff to be re-deployed. Although we have limited capacity we are still trying to help as many people over the phone as we can and if you need to be seen in a clinic this can be arranged after you have spoken with one of our nurses.

Please call 01904 721111 (8:30am - 6pm) Monday to Thursday and 8:30 to 4pm Friday to arrange a discussion with one of our clinical staff. If you feel the issue is URGENT e.g. you need emergency contraception, HIV post-exposure treatment or have new and significant symptoms, please let the booking team know. Our 'contact us' option on the website can be used but there may be some delays in responding to non-urgent queries. 

If you are under 18 and/or are living in a situation where you are unable to safely call us, please text us on 07980 973337. We will reply to you within 1 - 2 working days. Please note that this texting service is not for routine enquiries. If you feel your safety is at risk please contact the Police.

Clinic Closures -  we are currently only operating clinics in York, Selby, Harrogate, Scarborough, Northallerton, Catterick and Skipton - all other clinics are temporarily suspended.

Please note that ALL patients, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask or face covering in all NHS buildings. If you do not have your own face covering we can provide you with a mask when you attend your pre-arranged appointment. Thank you for your understanding.

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

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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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