Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

A check-up for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can be done at our clinics if you have noticed something wrong, or online if you have not.

STI treatment is available in our walk-in clinics or by appointment. All STIs are treatable.

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Our sexual health services are still here for you, but we have had to change the way we do things because of coronavirus

Services available include STI treatment, PrEP / PEP, and contraception (including long-acting methods like the implant and IUD)

You can test for STIs at home by ordering a test kit online

Link to order home testing for sexually transmitted infections and HIV from Sexual Health London

To ensure social distancing, we are unable to operate a walk-in clinic at the moment. Access to our clinics is via a telephone assessment first. We are able to sort out many issues by phone consultation, but if you need to come in we can arrange an appointment at one of our clinics:

  • Clifden Centre, Homerton University Hospital (Monday-Friday, 9.00am-4.00pm)

  • Ivy Centre, Hoxton (Monday-Tuesday, 9.00am-4.00pm)

 

You may find the following information useful before you call:

Contraception    IMPACT Trial (PrEP)

Quick guide to getting sexual health advice

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Call us - 020 7683 4103
Phone lines are open from 9.00am-4.00pm
You will be asked to 'Press 1 or 2 to speak to a receptionist'.
Select either number. If you do not get through, please try again using the other option.

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A receptionist will take your details, and add you to the queue for a telephone consultation

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A doctor or nurse will call you back as soon as possible
We will assess what you need over the phone and advise you what to do next.

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We might advise you to order an STI testing kit online
Visit www.shl.uk where you can register and request a kit to be sent to you

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We might advise you to attend the Clifden Centre at Homerton or the Ivy Centre, Hoxton to see us, or to collect medication

To help us maintain safe distancing, please attend on your own. You will be asked to clean your hands, check your temperature, and put on a face mask before entering.
Access to the Clifden Centre is via the gate on Clifden Road at the rear of the hospital site. There may be people waiting outside the Clifden Centre, but please report to the clinic doors and press the buzzer to let the reception know you have an appointment. Occasionally you may be asked to wait outside. We recommend bringing an umbrella or water resistant coat, in case of rain.

Please do not attend the clinic if you or anyone you live with has a high temperature, new persistent cough, or a change in your sense of smell/taste – or if you have been advised to self-isolate by NHS Track and Trace. If you are unwell call NHS 111.

We regret that at the moment we are not able to provide vaccinations or treatment for genital warts. We will update the website when these treatments start again.

Give us your feedback to help us plan how we re-introduce our services

Information about appointments, medication and advice for people living with HIV

A&E services are under extreme pressure at the moment. Please keep A&E for emergencies only.

If you have not noticed anything wrong

People can have sexually transmitted infections (STIs) without noticing anything wrong. Therefore, a sexual health 'MOT' is recommeded if you have a change in sexual partner, or are having sex with more than one person.

A routine check-up includes:

  • A blood test (for HIV and syphilis)
  • A urine test and/or swabs (for chlamydia and gonorrhoea)

If nothing is bothering you, but you would like a check-up for STIs, then London's online service is right for you:

Information about Sexual Health London - the online STI testing service

Visit www.shl.uk to register

If you have noticed something wrong

If something is bothering you, a trained doctor or nurse will see you to assess your symptoms.

A healthcare assistant may do your routine tests while you wait.
This helps to speed up your consultation with the doctor or nurse and will not add to your waiting time.

Routine tests include:

  • A blood test (for HIV and syphilis)
  • A urine sample and/or swab (for chlamydia and gonorrhoea)

If you would prefer to see a doctor or nurse of the same gender as you, then please ask at reception. You may have to wait a bit longer. Occasionally this may not be possible.

The doctor or nurse will need to ask questions about what is wrong. This might include questions about your recent sexual partners, and your health in general. Some of the questions are very personal. We therefore use professional interpreters if necessary and not family members or friends.

The doctor or nurse may need to examine you and take extra tests. They will explain anything they need to do. If you do not understand anything during the discussion or examination, please ask.

You can have a chaperone to support you and make you feel comfortable during an examination.

HIV testing is a standard part of a sexual health check up

  • HIV testing is quick and easy
  • Many people with HIV have not noticed anything wrong
  • HIV is a treatable illness
  • Knowing your status can put your mind at ease

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