HIV Risks

Important Information Regarding the Corona Virus Outbreak

Please note, the service does offer HIV care, please contact us on 01695 656550 for any queries.

PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis)

PEP is a medical treatment that should prevent HIV infection after possible HIV exposure. This treatment should be taken within 72 hours of possible HIV infection. PEP can only offer some protection and so it can’t be guaranteed that it will stop you from becoming HIV positive. This means that it is always better to use a condom to prevent the initial transmission. If it has been within 72 hours since you think you have been exposed to HIV then please contact Sefton Sexual Health, A&E or any sexual health service in order to enquire about PEP (post exposure prophylaxis for HIV).

PEP is not available from your GP or at any pharmacies.

PEP is only available in St Hugh’s, Bootle and Southport Centre for Health & Wellbeing clinics. Ring Sefton Sexual Health on 01695 656550 to arrange a consultation.

For more information please download this leaflet PEP Patient Leaflet

or visit


PreP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis against HIV)

We are pleased that Sefton Sexual Health Service now does offer support for people wanting PrEP .  Please make an appointment to see a doctor on our appointments telephone number 01695 656550. For more information and to purchase PrEP please see

Self-assessment for HIV risk

Not sure if you are at risk of contracting HIV? Use this links which takes you through a step by step self-assessment.
Have you taken a risk?

For more information please see.

A fast track referral form for professionals to use can be downloaded from here.


HIV testing in Sefton Sexual Health Service

The only way to know if you have HIV is to have a test. All Sefton Sexual Health clinics can offer a free and confidential HIV test. The test involves taking a small amount of blood from your arm. The results will become available from the clinic in two weeks’ time.

The most accurate results from the test come from blood taken three months after the exposure to HIV. However, a test can also be taken after 4 weeks if you are concerned that you have been at risk.

By following this link below you can now order home STI testing kits for the following STIs, chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV and syphilis.
This service is available to people aged 16 and over who do not have any symptoms (asymptomatic), have not knowingly been in contact sexually with someone with an infection.


Support for people living with HIV

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