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New Coronavirus Information



Last updated:  20th November 2020

Sexual Health & Contraception services (SHAC)

Call us on 01273 523388.

If possible we’ll deal with your issue on the phone. We will book you an appointment if you need to be seen. Please wear a face covering when you come to the clinic.

If you have no symptoms, you can order a home testing kit here.

If you are under 25 we have a walk-in clinic on Wednesday afternoon at Morley Street and a face to face clinic weekday afternoons at SHAC West – see below

IF you are given an appointment, please do NOT bring friends or partners (unless we have requested they attend). Key workers or support workers are welcome.

We now have limited availability for routine smears, coil and implant fits. Please call to discuss.

SHAC phone lines are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 0900-1630, Wednesday 1230-1700.

We strongly advise you to do all you can to protect your sexual health. Reducing your number of sexual partners and using condoms will help with this. Please check our website regularly and we will keep you posted of any further developments


SHAC West is open at Wish Park Surgery


F O R  U N D E R  25  YEAR OLDS  O N L Y

We are open for PRE-BOOKED appointments ONLY to allow for Covid-19 regulations

Monday-Friday 3PM – 545PM

To make a SHAC West appointment for the same day or a future date to suit you,  please TEXT 0777 0813972. A member of staff will reply as soon as possible to arrange a time

F O R  U N D E R  25  YEAR OLDS  O N L Y

LAWSON UNIT – COVID-19 advice for people living with HIV

The advice for everyone in the UK is to regularly wash their hands, wear a face mask in crowded areas and practice social distancing.

The specific advice from the British HIV Association is as follows:

1. People with CD4 count of more than 200 and who have an undetectable viral load on antiretroviral therapy are considered at no greater risk than the general population; follow general advice.

2. People with CD4 count of less than 200, or people who have a detectable viral load or who are not on antiretroviral therapy may be at higher risk of severe illness; be stringent in following general advice.

3. People with a CD4 count of less than 50 or who have had an opportunistic infection in the previous 6 months; follow any government shielding advice for the extremely clinically vulnerable group.  There is new guidance for those who are extremely clinically vulnerable that is now tailored to local COVID-19 infection rates.

4. People with HIV who have multiple other health conditions may be advised by their GP or HIV doctor to follow local shielding advice as outlined in point 3 above.

Guidance on shielding and protecting people who are extremely clinically vulnerable from COVID-19 – updated 2nd December 2020

The government advises the following:

– Brighton and Hove is currently in Tier 2

– Work from home  where possible; if you can not work from home you can go to work.

– Continue to maintain strict social distancing, wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.

– Try to keep the number of social interactions that you have low. Avoid gatherings with large numbers of people, especially indoors.

– If you need to travel, walk or cycle if you can. If not possible try to minimise  the number of people you come into close contact with

– Consider going to shops or the pharmacy at quieter times of the day; you might also want to ask friends family or volunteers to collect medicines for you. If you need help to travel to an appointment, contact NHS volunteer responders on 08081963646

Please note that some people living with HIV were incorrectly advised to shield in the first wave of COVID-19 in March 2020.  The present shielding advice is only for people with HIV who are considered extremely clinically vulnerable due to a very low CD4 count, multiple other health conditions or additional health conditions that mean they are vulnerable to becoming unwell if they catch COVID-19.  There is a list of these health conditions the link in Point 3 above.

For further detailed information see the British HIV Association website

Currently we are conducting blood testing appointments face-to-face, but doctor and nurse specialist appointments will remain virtual unless informed by the clinic that you need to come in for a review.


For COVID-19 advice as to what do to if you have symptoms or updates please see latest government guidance here


Last updated: November 20, 2020

How to access Sexual Health services & Sexual Health advice during COVID-19

Online STI Testing

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You must be aged 16 years or over and have a BN1/BN2/BN3/BN41 postcode

Brighton and Hove sexual health and contraception service (SHAC) is a free and confidential specialist service open to everyone regardless of age and sexuality.

We offer a mix of appointments and a ‘walk-in and wait’ service at 3 sites across the city.

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