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LGBT services

We offer a full contraception and advice service including 'walk-in' services and clinics. Click here for more information. 

COVID Update (January 2021)
Please note that during national lockdown we are trying to reduce the number of people travelling to our clinic. If you have no symptoms or very mild symptoms then please order a test kit which can be completed at home here: https://www.safesexberkshire.nhs.uk/sexual-health-matters/order-sti-home-test-kit/

Results take up to 14 days from when the Florey Clinic receives the completed test kit and enclosed forms. Results are sent out via text message.

If you have symptoms and would like to discuss your symptoms then Please call us on: 0118 322 7202.

LGBT

Sexual health screening

Sexual health screening is available to everyone at our clinic, regardless of their ethnicity, gender, age or sexuality. You don’t need your GP to refer you and it is free, including medication. 

The clinic aims to offer an inclusive and confidential service to all individuals whether they identify as lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or trans*. 

If you have questions regarding your sexuality or about what a trip to our clinic might involve for you please see the sources of information below or give us a call. 

The Florey clinic offers a full Sexual Health screening service including tests for: Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, syphilis, HIV, Hepatitis B and C as well as vaccinations against Hepatitis B. We can provide information, advice and support covering a range of subjects around safer sex, risk reduction, chemsex support and issues around sexuality. See below on how to get a test kit.

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)

When taken correctly, PrEP greatly reduces the risk of HIV sexual transmission. If you are HIV negative and at high risk of HIV and don’t always use condoms, then PrEP can stop your risk of HIV.

Please speak to our clinic staff about how these risks affect you and if you want to discuss starting PrEP.

PrEP is a very effective method of preventing HIV and can be taken by Men and Women who are at risk of HIV infection.

For more information on how to take and please call us to book a telephone call back and also visit i.base.info (link below), for their PrEP guide.

https://i-base.info/guides/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/UK-guide-to-PrEP-Nov-2019-FINAL.pdf

Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

If you think you have been at risk of an HIV exposure then you might be eligible for Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP). This is a month-long course of HIV drugs that someone takes very soon after sex which had a risk of HIV transmission. The drugs are the same as those taken by people with HIV.  The sooner PEP is started, the more likely it is to work; within 24 hours is best, but no later than 72 hours (3Days).  After 72 hours PEP is unlikely to work.

PEP is available from the clinic during our opening times.  If we are closed then DON'T DELAY, go to A&E for an assessment as the sooner you start to take the medication, the better chance you have of preventing HIV.

Sexual Health Screen – How to get a test kit

For a sexual health screening test kit to be sent to your home address then please click here: https://www.safesexberkshire.nhs.uk/sexual-health-matters/order-sti-home-test-kit/ to order your free kit.

A full sexual health screening service including tests for: Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis, HIV testing (60 seconds), Hepatitis B and C as well as vaccinations against Hepatitis A and B, free treatment and advice can be obtained from the Florey Clinic. Please call us on: 0118 322 7202.

Symptoms – of a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)

Symptoms of any STI can vary from obvious itchiness, soreness, rashes, to pain when passing urine or opening your bowels, discharge from the penis or vagina, and lumps or sores on the genitals. Symptoms may also include pain in your stomach or groin. If you have any of these please call us on: 0118 322 7202 and request a telephone call back.

Sometimes you will get no symptoms at all or the symptoms will take a long time to show. This means you could be passing infections on to other people without knowing it. The only way to know you have an infection is to have an STI test. You can order a free testing kit here: https://www.safesexberkshire.nhs.uk/sexual-health-matters/order-sti-home-test-kit/

Been told you have an infection or a contact of an infection?

If you have received a text message from the Florey unit that you have an infection then you should get a call from us to discuss having treatment being sent to you. Depending on the infection we may ask you to come in for further tests or to receive treatment. If someone has told you to get tested as they have an infection and this was very recent then please call us on: 0118 322 7202 and request a call back.

If someone has called you to say that they have an infection or you may have an infection but the last contact you had was many weeks ago and you have no symptoms, we would advise you to test and stop having sex until your results are returned to you. You can order a test kit from here: https://www.safesexberkshire.nhs.uk/sexual-health-matters/order-sti-home-test-kit/ If you are unsure what to do then please call us on this number: 0118 322 7202.

If our team request that you need to come in for an examination, investigation or treatment, most of our appointments take place at: The Florey Clinic 
21a Craven Road
Reading
RG1 5LE

Please note parking facilities are generally very busy so we advise you to leave extra time.

Useful Contacts

The Florey
Sexual Health & Contraceptive Services
21a Craven Road
Reading
RG1 5LE

0118 322 7202

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