Coronavirus information for patients

Our telephone line is open if you need to speak to somebody because you have symptoms of an STI, need emergency or routine contraception, or if you have any sexual health concerns. Please call 0121 237 5700 (Monday to Thursday: 09:00 – 18:30 / Friday: 09:00 – 16:30 / Saturday: 10:00 – 16:00).

Our clinics are open for pre-booked telephone appointments only. We are not seeing walk-in patients at this time.

If you require PEPSE, don’t delay in contacting us during our opening hours. PEPSE can be taken up to 72 hours after exposure to HIV.

If you have a new, continuous cough and/or high temperature, please do not attend your appointment

Coronavirus advice

How do you treat HIV?

There is no cure for HIV but it is treatable. If we test you for HIV and the result is positive, we will refer you to a specialist HIV clinic that is convenient for you to attend. The doctors there will be able to assess when you need to start antiretroviral (anti-HIV) tablets.

Treatments for HIV are very good, and you should be able to lead a long and healthy life if the diagnosis is made early, before you become seriously ill. The earlier you are tested and HIV is diagnosed, the better the physical outcome.

AIDS is the final stage of HIV infection, when your body can no longer fight life-threatening infections. With early diagnosis and effective treatment, extremely few people with HIV will go on to develop AIDS.

See the FPA website for a range of downloadable leaflets on contraception and sexually transmitted infections.

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