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

Close

For information on coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit https://www.yorsexualhealth.org.uk/coronavirus-corvid-19-information/

View navigation

STIs: Lockdown 'once in a lifetime opportunity' for sexual health

Lockdown is once in a lifetime opportunity for STI and HIV testing 

Self-isolation has meant a huge change in a lot of people's sex lives but experts believe the fact we're not hooking up is a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to drive down sexually transmitted infections permanently.

They say taking STI tests at home while in lockdown could be "a game changer".

That's because people who are following lockdown rules aren't having sex with new people and passing on infections.

"If we could test and treat everybody for their infections now, that would be a game-changer going forward as people slowly move towards normality," Dr John McSorley, a sexual health doctor and president of the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (Bashh), tells Radio 1 Newsbeat.

He - and other sexual health professionals - want people to get tested now, even if they have no symptoms.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/newsbeat-52488892 

Free and confidential online testing for STIs and HIV is available through YorSexualHealth for any resident of York or North Yorkshire .

Check here for more details if you live in York or here if you live in North Yorkshire

If you have never had a test or have had a new sexual partner since your last test, we recommend that you order a postal test kit now. Chlamydia is the most common STI and often has no symptoms and is recommended for everyone. Gonorrhoea, HIV and Syphilis are less common but testing for these infections is recommended for those who are at a higher risk

 

< Back to all news stories