The recently launched HIV Prevention Clinic/Risk Reduction clinic runs several times per week in the BHSCT GUM clinic. It has been set up to provide testing for STIs, behavioural interventions aimed at reducing risk and access to the HIV prevention drug PrEP.

 

All genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinics in Northern Ireland will be offering initial consultation and assessment appointments. Those eligible will then be referred to a centralised service in Belfast.

 

This project will run for 2 years.  If PrEP is accessed as part of the pilot, those eligible will need to visit a sexual health clinic four times a year.

 

To access PrEP in Northern Ireland you need to be:

  1. Over 16
  2. Able to attend for regular 3 month reviews in Belfast,
  3. Willing to stop taking PrEP when no longer eligible,
  4. Resident in Northern Ireland
  5. HIV negative and have tested for HIV at a clinic in the previous 12 months.

 

You’ll also need to match one or more of these descriptions:

  • HIV negative, and expect to have condomless sex with an HIV positive partner/s with a detectable viral load.
  • HIV negative and have had condomless sex in the past 3 months and think you will again in the next 3 months
  • You are a cisgender or transgender MSM (man who has sex with men) or transgender woman.
  • You don’t meet the first two descriptions, but you’ve been clinically assessed as being at a similar high risk of becoming HIV positive.

 

You can find out how to contact your local GUM clinic to set up an initial consultation and appointment here.