Sexually transmitted infections and HIV

STI testing and treatment

  • Each local area has different arrangements for STI testing, and this is changing rapidly
  • Many areas offer free online STI testing (e.g. Sexual Health London)
  • Register online
  • Receive an STI testing pack in the post
  • Do urine tests, swab tests and/or blood tests at home
  • Post the samples
  • Receive results by text
  • Walk-in clinic sessions are currently closed or cancelled to reduce the risk of spreading Coronavirus
  • Services have been reduced, but advice and support are still available - it is important to seek help for STI treatment, HIV prevention, contraception, and pregnancy choices for example
  • Contact your GP or sexual health clinic by phone or online
  • A clinic appointment will be arranged for anyone who needs to be seen
  • It is very important not to travel to a GP surgery, clinic or hospital unless you are asked to

Possible exposure to HIV

  • If you have been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours, you may be able to reduce the risk of infection by taking medicine called post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)
  • PEP should be taken as early as possible, ideally in the first 24 hours
  • Contact a sexual health clinic by phone or online to discuss what to do
  • PEP is not normally available from GPs
  • Accident and Emergency departments normally provide PEP, but telephone first to check
  • Contact your GP or sexual health clinic by phone or online
  • A clinic appointment will be arranged for anyone who needs to be seen
  • It is very important not to travel to a GP surgery, clinic or hospital unless you are asked to

More information: British Association of Sexual Health and HIV; Terrence Higgins Trust