Sexual Health

From 1st April 2020, Solent NHS Trust have been commissioned to provide Sexual Health Services on the Isle of Wight.

Temporary Service Closure – 1st to 7th April 2020

Solent will be closing the Isle of Wight clinical service on Wednesday 1st April, and will reopen on Wednesday 8th April 2020 to enable staff to transition onto new systems and provide training to ensure that patients continue to receive the best care.

Access to support during service closure

Emergency Contraception

During this time Emergency Contraception can be obtained from Pharmacies and GPs.

At risk of HIV exposure

Post-exposure Prophylaxis (PEP or PEPSE) is medication to help reduce HIV transmission after the virus has entered the body. It is a course of drugs that is taken after sex where there has been a higher risk of exposure. If you are concerned you might have been exposed to HIV (had unprotected sex with someone whose HIV status you do not know, or know to be positive, or shared injecting equipment), you may be eligible for PEP. Post-exposure Prophylaxis (PEP or PEPSE) is medication you can take to help reduce the chance of HIV transmission. It is a course of medication that is taken after unprotected sex where there has been a higher risk of exposure. PEP or PEPSE should be taken as soon as possible after sex, and definitely within 72 hours. The earlier it is started the more likely it is to work. You will need to have an assessment with a doctor or nurse before you are prescribed this medication. During this closure of our clinics, attend your nearest A&E department.

Appointments

From 1st April 2020 you will be able to book and cancel appointments for when the service re-opens.

  • Book online at letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk and click on the Online Portal button to register and book with the new system.
  • Alternatively please call 0300 300 2016 to book. Lines are open from 8am-8pm, seven days a week. Peak call times are between 8am-11am.

Condoms

If you have a C-card then you can still visit your c-card provider to obtain free condoms.

Online services – STI Test kits and condoms

  • STI Test Kit

You can order an STI test kit via the Online Portal from www.letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk

If you have requested an online test from Freetest.me prior to 1st April, you will need to complete and return the samples in the return envelope within 2 weeks. Any tests returned after that date may not be processed for testing and you may need to request a new STI test kit.

  • Condoms

Isle of Wight residents aged 16 and over will now be able to order free condoms by post. These are delivered to your home address in discreet packaging. This service can be accessed via the Online Portal from www.letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk 

Information about Solent Sexual Health Services

Solent NHS Trust Sexual Health Service provides Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) services across Hampshire, Portsmouth and Southampton.

Our specialist services support individuals to make informed choices about their physical and emotional wellbeing with regards to their sexual health including:

  • Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) testing and treatment
  • Contraception
  • HIV testing, treatment and care
  • Psychosexual Counselling
  • 1:1 support and health promotion in the community

In addition to sexual health clinics, Solent provide online services including full STI testing, condoms and website to support individuals with advice and information and to book appointments online.

Please visit www.letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk for more information about Sexual Health services.

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