• STI postal kits are currently delayed due to a temporary postal issue. Please allow up to 21 days for test kits to arrive.  Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea test kits can be picked up from main reception at Unity Central Health Clinic between 09:00 and 16:00 If you urgently need a blood test, or have symptoms, please call 01173426900

Proactive Protection with PrEP

Don’t Run Out: Proactive Protection with PrEP.

We understand that managing your sexual health is important to you. We’re here to support you every step of the way as you navigate the world of PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis). PrEP is a powerful tool that can help you reduce the risk of contracting HIV. However, like any medication, it’s essential to use it responsibly to ensure you stay protected.

Running Low on Medication? Don’t Panic, consider the following steps: 

Life can get busy, and appointments might not always align perfectly with your medication schedule. If you find yourself running low on PrEP and can’t get an appointment in time, there are a few options you can consider to maintain your protection:

  1. Event-Based Dosing: Switching to event-based dosing can help you make the most of the PrEP you have left. This means taking two pills within 2-24 hours before you expect to have sex, followed by a single pill 24 hours later, and another pill 24 hours after that. Remember, consistency is key for this approach to be effective. See https://prepster.info/ebp/ for further information on this method.
  2. Use Condoms During Sex: Using condoms along with PrEP offers an extra layer of protection. If you have run out of PrEP, consider using condoms as they not only reduce the risk of HIV but also help prevent other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
  3. Abstain from Sex: While this might not be the most convenient option, choosing to abstain from sex until you can get a refill ensures you’re not compromising your protection.
  4. Purchase an extra supply online: We understand that access to healthcare can sometimes be challenging. If you’re unable to get a timely appointment or refill through Unity, you can consider purchasing PrEP online. A reputable and affordable source is www.iwantprepnow.co.uk


Empower Yourself: Taking Responsibility for Safe Sex

PrEP is a valuable tool, but it’s crucial to remember that it offers protection against HIV, not other STIs, and should be used in conjunction with condoms. Taking control of your sexual health means being responsible for your overall well-being. Remember that protection is a joint effort.

We recommend you book an PrEP appointment when you open your last box, which should give you 4 weeks to find an appointment slot.

Your well-being is our priority, and we’re here to provide the support and guidance you need on your PrEP journey.

If you need to book a PrEP appointment, click here. Demand for the service is very high and appointments may be filled quickly, however new appointments are made available regularly so do check again if none are currently available.

If you have any questions or concerns, you can discuss with a Health Adviser on 01173426944. This is not a PrEP booking line.

If you have concerns or would like to make a complaint, please see here.


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