A new HIV Prevention Clinic opened in Northern Ireland this week will provide a range of sexual health services to tackle the rise in new diagnoses.
The clinic, based at the Belfast Trust as part of its Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) provision, will provide services including;
- a comprehensive process of testing for sexual transmitted infections,
- behavioural interventions aimed at reducing unsafe sex,
- and access to the HIV prevention drug PrEP which can reduce the risk of contracting HIV in high risk populations by up to 86%.
In Northern Ireland, approximately 100 new cases of HIV are diagnosed every year. Numbers of new diagnoses continue to rise in Northern Ireland, whereas they are falling in the rest of the UK.
The pilot clinic will run for an initial two years. Anyone who wishes to access this prevention package should attend their local GUM clinic and will be assessed, advised and referred appropriately to the prevention clinic which currently operates in Belfast GUM.
For more information on GUM clinics go to: www.nidirect.gov.uk/gum-clinics
For more information on the launch go to: https://www.health-ni.gov.uk/news/new-hiv-prevention-clinic-do-things-differently-ni