Due to COVID-19, we have temporarily moved to telephone appointments. Please do not come to clinic unless told to do so. TRIAGE We have an emergency phone line 8.30am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday and 9.00 - 11.00am on Saturday for emergency cases (PEP, sexual assault, emergency contraception and Under 16's) and you can call us on 0161 701 1513 or 0161 701 1514. Based on the information you give us, we will assess each case individually and advise you accordingly.
Patients living with HIV and concerned about COVID-19
HIV patients are strongly advised to visit the British HIV association website which has extensive information on COVID-19 - BHIVA COVID-19 updates
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.