Testing for HIV and HEP B & C
Did you know you can get tested at the MASH Drop-In Centre for free with the experienced MASH sexual health nurse, Julie?
PEP stands for Post Exposure Prophylaxis. It is a medical treatment that is needed if you have had unprotected sex with someone who is known or very likely (high risk) to be HIV positive.
You can get advice about whether or not you may need PEP from the MASH nurse, from sexual health clinics, and from hospital A & E departments. You could phone NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 to find out where the nearest place to get it is.
To be most effective, treatment should begin within an hour of exposure and at a maximum, 72 hours. You will be given a starter pack to last a few days and invited back to talk with medical staff about how you are before being given more medication. PEP involves taking a 4 week course of medication.
If you think you think you have been exposed to HIV and would like a test our sexual health nurse can offer Same-Day testing.
Our nurse would have a discussion with you before and after the test, and the results are very quick – in 15 minutes. This test is effective 3 months after your exposure to the virus.
HEP B & C
Our nurse can test for Hep B & C as part of a sexual health screen, and also offers preventative vaccinations for Hep B. Please see the Drop-In Centre Timetable for when she is holding a clinic. You can pop along to these clinics at the MASH Drop-In Centre without an appointment or contact her on 07980 719 155.
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