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Sexual Health Services in Trafford during Coronavirus (Covid 19) lockdown

Preventing STIs and unplanned pregnancies are still important during lockdown

There is less capacity at the moment within sexual and reproductive health services as staff are redeployed to respond to covid-19 and lab capacity is being used to support covid-19 testing. This is likely to continue for a while even when the restrictions start to be lifted.

We all need to do our part in making sure that we are not putting undue pressure on health services, and are protecting our own health and that of others.  Although people are social distancing, it is still important to consider your sexual health if you live with your partner. There are still emergency options and urgent services available for your sexual and reproductive health if needed. Please do not go to a clinic unless told to do so.

 

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

Your concern….

The advice……

Who to contact…….

 

Experiencing symptoms of a STI?

 

You should still be able to have a consultation with the Northern Service. This will be by telephone and you may be sent a test kit through the post and could also be sent treatment via post. 

Where it is clinically necessary you will be given an appointment to attend the service.

Contact The Northern Service for a telephone consultation or contact your GP for advice.

Worried you may have an STI but don't have symptoms? 

Normally you would be able to order a test online to check whether you have an STI.

However, services have temporarily stopped providing asymptomatic testing and are concentrating on providing services for those with symptoms

Think you may have been exposed to HIV by having unprotected sex in the last 72 hours?

 

Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is a preventative medicine to take if you are risk of contracting HIV. 

It must be started as soon as possible within 3 days of exposure. 

Call the The Northern Service emergency line.

Think you might have HIV?

If you think you may have been exposed to HIV in the last three days follow the advice above for PEP.

Testing for HIV can still be arranged and you can make an appointment or a telephone consultation with the local Sexual Health Service.

BHA, George House Trust and LGBT Foundation are also providing telephone support. 

You can order a self-sampling kit online 

Contact the Northern Service for a telephone consultation 

https://thebha.org.uk/ - for BAME communities

https://ght.org.uk/ and https://lgbt.foundation/ - for LGBT communities

Would like support for living with HIV?

You can still receive online and phone support from George House Trust.

Advice from The Northern Service is available online

HIV patients are strongly advised to visit the British HIV association website which has extensive information on COVID-19 - BHIVA COVID-19 updates.

George House Trust can give support on 0161 274 4499 or https://ght.org.uk/

PrEP?

Recruitment onto the PrEP impact trial by The Northern has been suspended. 

For advice on suspending PrEP, changing how you take it and repeat prescriptions visit the Northern website. 

Advice on the use of PrEP at The Northern Website

Need condoms?

Condoms can still be purchased online or through your local pharmacy or supermarket.

The Freedoms Shop is an NHS sexual health promotion initiative run by NHS Central and North West Lond (CNWL). It sells sexual health products, including condoms online. 

There are also free condoms available from the LGBT Foundation (for LGBT communities) and BHA for Equality (for BAME Manchester residents over the age of 18). 

The Freedoms Shop

LGBT Foundation condom order form (LGBT)

BHA for Equality (BAME): email india@thebha.org.uk

People collecting medication from The Northern Service can also request condoms.

Contraception

Your concern….

The advice……

Who to contact…….

 

Your coil, implant or other form of long acting contraception is due to run out?

The advice is that this may be able to remain in place for longer than usual. The Northern services or your GP can advise.

You can get a prescription for the progesterone only pill in the meantime to prevent pregnancy.

Call the Northern Service contraception line 0161 701 1523 or contact your GP.

 

You want a new coil, implant or other form of long acting contraception?

Sorry, you will need to wait. In the meantime you can get a prescription for the progesterone only pill to prevent pregnancy.

In an emergency, following unprotected sex, it may be possible to have a coil fitted.

Contact your GP for the progesterone only pill or call The Northern Service contraception line 0161 701 1523.

In an emergency call The Northern Service emergency line 0161 701 1513

 

Need a repeat prescription for the pill?

You may be able to have a longer prescription than normal if you have had your blood pressure checked in the past 12 months, your BMI is okay and your medical professional feels it is safe to do so.

Contact your GP or call The Northern Service contraception line 0161 701 1523.

 

 

Need condoms?

Condoms can still be purchased online or through your local pharmacy or supermarket.

The Freedoms Shop is an NHS sexual health promotion initiative run by NHS Central and North West Lond (CNWL). It sells sexual health products, including condoms online. 

There are also free condoms available from the LGBT Foundation (for LGBT communities) and BHA for Equality (for BAME Manchester residents over the age of 18).   

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The Freedoms Shop

LGBT Foundation condom order form (LGBT)

BHA for Equality (BAME): email india@thebha.org.uk

People collecting medication from The Northern Service can also request condoms.

Need the morning after pill?

Emergency Hormonal Contraception can still be obtained.

Even if you are symptomatic with covid-19 or self-isolating, please phone.

 

Most local pharmacies offer emergency hormone contraception. Please ring the pharmacy before visting.

You can get emergency hormonal contraception from your GP

Call The Northern Service emergency line 0161 701 1513

Unplanned pregnancy?

Support to discuss your options is still available. 

Abortion services are still operating.

There is advice available and numbers of organisations you can talk to at Sexwise.  

Abortion counselling and procedures available through central booking on 0345 365 0565.

Sexual Health Support for Specific Groups

Under 19 years of age?

You can still receive support for sexually transmitted infections and contraception from the Northern Service or Brook. 

Contact the Northern Service for a telephone consultation or view information online at The Northern Service 

Brook is still operating and offering appointment only and telephone appointments. Book via The Brook online form

Advice for young people is available through Brook and Sexwise.

LGBT and want sexual health advice?

LGBT Foundation is offering phone support, online workshops and free condoms and lube.

Visit The LGBT Foundation website or email sexualhealth@lgbt.foundation

BAME and want sexual health advice?

BHA for Equality is offering telephone support.

Visit BHA's Website

Contact pash@thebha.org.uk for a call back or india@thebha.org.uk to receive a condom and lube pack (posted on Mondays only, over 18s).

Victim of a sexual assault?

Saint Mary's SARC remains available to provide healthcare and support services to victims of rape and sexual assault. You can report to the Police or contact Saint Mary’s Helpline.

Rape Crisis Helplines are still operating.

Contact Saint Mary’s 24 hour helpline on 0161 276 6515.

Call The Northern Service emergency line 0161 701 1513

Trafford Rape Crisis on 0800 783 4608 or BME specific on 0800 434 6484.

National Rape Crisis on 0808 802 9999.

Have other vulnerabilities?

This could include people with learning disabilities, severe mental illness, homeless or other vulnerabilities. Support is still available for you.

Go online to make a same day telephone appointment with The Northern Service for advice or call the emergency line 0161 701 1513

 

 

Trafford’s Sexual Health Service

Trafford’s Sexual Health Service is currently operating out of the Hathersage Clinic in Manchester. Please do not go to a clinic unless told to do so.

Instead use one of the following options:

  • For same day telephone appointments, please book online from 8:45 each morning, Monday to Friday.
  • The contraception telephone line is available Monday to Friday 09:00- 15:00 on 0161 701 1523
  • There is also an emergency phone line for emergency case (PEP (medication that can prevent HIV after a recent exposure to HIV), sexual assault, emergency contraception and under 16s/vulnerable adults). Based on the information you give they will assess each case individually and advise you accordingly. This is available Monday to Friday 8.30-15.30 and Saturday 9.15-11.15 on 0161 701 1513.



Pharmacies offering the morning after pill in Trafford