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PrEP impact trial

Spectrum clinics in Wakefield and Barnsley have a limited number of places available for the Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Impact Trial for people who are at high risk of HIV.

If you are:

  • A heterosexual man or woman at risk of HIV if you have partner(s) who are HIV positive and not currently on effective treatment
  • A transsexual man or woman at risk of HIV if you have partner(s) who are HIV positive and not currently on effective treatment
  • If you are a transsexual man or woman having condom less anal sex with male partners
  • If you have a significantly increased risk of HIV acquisition through having unprotected sex with partner(s) from countries with a high prevalence of HIV

What is PrEP?

Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) is a medicine taken before sex for HIV negative people. When taken as instructed it can reduce the risk of acquiring HIV.

If you are considered to be at a high risk of contracting HIV, and you don’t always use a condom, you could benefit from taking PrEP.

PrEP only provides protection from HIV as long as you continue to take it as prescribed.

Other factors related to a higher risk of HIV are:

  • A recent STI (especially infections such as syphilis, Hepatitis C or Lymphogranuloma venereum)
  • Use of PEP (post exposure prophylaxis)
  • Using some recreational drugs (crystal meth amphetamine, mephedrone or GHB/GBL)

If you are interested in joining the PrEP Impact Trial, you can contact the Wakefield or Barnsley clinics below to find out more.

Wakefield

Barnsley

Dodgy kits give dodgy results

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), an executive agency of the Department of Health, are reminding people to use only industry standard testing kits and condoms.

As part of FPA’s Sexual Health Week, MHRA are asking people to avoid using counterfeit condoms and dodgy self-testing kits for HIV and STIs.  The agency is recommending people to only use kits with a CE mark. Spectrum Community Health offers sexual health services including STI testing to everyone in the Wakefield and Barnsley districts, and only uses licensed condoms and approved self-testing kits. We provide quality chlamydia screening kits and condoms for free to anyone between 16 – 24 years.

To order a self-testing kit, please visit www.bclear.org.uk. With a home testing kit you can take the test in discretion and when it is convenient for you. To receive free condoms, you have to be registered with our sexual health services.