Important Updates

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

We also have a dedicated, contraception only, telephone line. The line is available Monday –Friday 9.00am-3.00pm (excluding Bank Holidays) on 0161 701 1523, you will be contacted by a clinician for a telephone consultation

Safer sex

The best way to avoid most STIs is to use a condom when you have sex.

There are some other things you can do to reduce the chances of catching an STI. These include:

    • Limiting the number of people you have sex with
    • Getting tested, along with your partner, before having sex
    • Avoiding sex when under the influence of alcohol or drugs. People who are drunk or using drugs often fail to have safe sex
    • When appropriate, getting vaccinated against the human papillomavirus (HPV) and hepatitis B (HBV)

    Condoms/Oral dams

    The best quality condoms carry both the CE Mark (European Standard) and the British Kite Mark. All condoms have an expiry date so this should still be valid and you should check that the packet doesn’t have any rips or tears.

    You should always use a water based lubricant with latex condoms as anything with oil in it could damage or create a hole in the condom.

    An oral sex dam (often just referred to as dams) which is a very thin, soft plastic (typically latex or polyurethane) square and comes in different colours and flavours. You can use it to cover anus or female genitals during oral s

    Digital Penetration (fingering)

    Sexually transmitted infections can also be passed on through inserting fingers and hands into your partner as well as by touching yourself and then your partner. Any cuts on your hands can also be a passage for the transmission of infections including HIV during manual stimulation of your partner. Using latex gloves as a barrier can prevent this.

    Remember to change the gloves for new ones between touching your partner and touching yourself so that you don’t spread any infections that might be present.

    Never re-use the gloves - use a new pair of gloves each time you have sex.

    Sex toys

    If you are using sex toys, you can prevent the transmission of STIs by covering it with a new condom each time you have sex (especially between different partners) and using a water based lubricant.It is important to clean your sex toys after each use.

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