Due to COVID-19 the majority of our clinics are now closed. We have temporarily moved to telephone appointments. Please do not come to clinic unless told to do so. Please see our notice board on the home page for ways to access services. Help protect the NHS It is important that if you have been asked to attend one of our clinics, you wear a face covering that covers the nose and mouth.
The PrEP and COVID -19
Due to the closure of all trust outpatient services in
response to COVID-19 and consolidation of lab resources to manage the pandemic
we need to manage PrEP differently. Many patients are asking us what they can
do to help and as such we would appreciate you reading the following
information and seeing if these alternative strategies could apply to you.
Stopping PrEP – During social restricting and self-isolation Public Health England advice is to not leave the house and socialise with other people. This may lead to less sex and as such may reduce the need for PrEP. During this time you could consider stopping PrEP and abstaining or switching to condoms if needed. Guidance on stopping and restarting PrEP can be found here [http://i-base.info/guides/prep/can-i-stop-prep-completely].
Switch to on demand dosing of PrEP – With reduced social movement some people may be having less sex and as such on demand dosing of PrEP may be a suitable alternative to daily PrEP. This can reduce the number of pills you take and preserve your supply at home. Guidance on whether it is suitable and how to take this method can be found here [http://i-base.info/guides/prep/on-demand]
Buying PrEP - If you can afford it, consider buying 3 months of generic PrEP online to enable you don’t run out of medication in the event of clinic closures or self-isolation from COVID-19.
Further guidance on PrEP, dosing strategies, side effects and monitoring can be found here [http://i-base.info/guides/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/UK-guide-to-PrEP-Nov-2019-FINAL.pdf]
PLEASE NOTE THAT RECRUITMENT INTO THE IMPACT TRIAL HAS BEEN HALTED DURING THIS PERIOD
If the above options are not possible please complete the PrEP self-assessment via our website for further review and advice.
Due to staff being required to support elsewhere in the hospital Trafford Impact patients are now being managed through the Hathersage centre