Sexual Health during Coronavirus

Coronavirus Update: Due to the current situation, there are some disruptions to some of our public health services, such as appointments and clinic opening times. This page aims to provide up to date information about sexual health services available in Doncaster and how you can look after your sexual health during the coronavirus pandemic

The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the way you can access sexual health services such as STI testing, contraception and abortion care.  If you need to access sexual health services you should continue to contact the place you usually access care from, this could be your GP, or your local sexual health clinic.  You should not attend a a clinic in person, but make contact by telephone or email instead in the first instance.  Below are a list of services available and how you can access them.

 

Contraception

For advice and information on contraception

Under 19 years old : Project3 01302 640032
19 years old or over: Sexual Health Services 4 Doncaster 08002465390 or 01302 272165

Emergency contraception (also known as the morning after pill) is also available through your local pharmacy.

You can buy Emergency Hormonal Contraception over the counter at a pharmacy without a prescription.  Some pharmacies will provide free Emergency Hormonal Contraception. it is best to check first if this free service is available by contacting the pharmacy directly before travelling.  A list of all pharmacies can be found hereRemember, emergency contraception can be taken up to 5 days after unprotected sex, but the sooner you access it the better.

If you usually see your GP for contraception, please contact them.

STI Testing and Treatment

You can order a free chlamydia and gonorrhoea self test kit.

If you are 24 years of age or under visit the TFI Clear website 

If you are 25 years of age or over visit the Sexual Health Services 4 Doncaster

Walk in/drop in sessions for all sexual health services are currently suspended until further notice.

For the latest opening times and contact details: 

19 or over:  Sexual Health Services 4 Doncaster (adult sexual health)

Contraception at East Laith Gate House

STI testing and treatment at East Laith Gate House 

Under 19: Project 3 (young people under 19)

Contraception and STI testing/treatment

HIV

There is currently no evidence that people living with HIV are more likely to catch COVID-19 than anyone else. those on HIV treatment with a good CD4 count (over 200) and an undetectable viral load are not considered to have weakened immune systems and should follow the national guidance on social distancing.  If you are not on treatment or if you have a detectable viral load, then it is particularly important that you follow national guidance to reduce the risk of catching COVID-19.  The British HIV association recommends anyone with a CD4 count less than 50 or those diagnosed with an opportunistic infection in the last 6 months should follow the government advice to "shield" themselves.

For more information on COVID-19 and guidance for people living with HIV visit the Terrance Higgins Trust website.  If you are a Doncaster resident and need more information visit the Sexual Health Services 4 Doncaster webiste

Unplanned Pregnancy

The British Pregnancy Advisory Board (BPAS)  support women who are unable to continue with a pregnancy.  During the pandemic the service continues to operate with some social distancing measures in place.

If you need support you can contact BPAS on 03457 30 40 30 or by visitng the BPAS website 

if you are pregnant and don't know what to do Sexwise website goes through the options available and where to go to get help.

If you are a young person, the website Brook offers advice and support for anyone (girl or boy) who is dealing with an unplanned pregnancy

School Nursing Service

If you are under 19 and need advice and support about your sexual health, you can also speak to a school nurse via the single point of contact (SPOC) on 01302 566776 or through the confidential text messaging service on 0791 703 1891

 

Useful Resources

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Last updated: 28 April 2022 15:24:21