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COVID-19 Update – 10th September 2021

 Due to severe staff shortages, you may experience a longer than usual waiting time when phoning the service. 

Physical distancing and face coverings are still required at health care settings across Scotland. Therefore restricted services are still in place including appointment only clinics, to continue to protect the public and staff. 

Please be aware that we have only a small number of Coil or Implant appointments at present, if you have tried to book online and have been unable to do so, it means there are no appointments available and we will not be able to provide any via telephone either. We apologise for this inconvenience and ask that you continue to try and book this appointment online.

Please view Sandyford's full COVID-19 statement and COVID- 19 service information page which is updated regularly. You must not attend for an appointment if you have signs of COVID or have been in contact with someone in the last 14 days who has.

 

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We are currently running a very limited service and you may not be able to book a test online right now. We apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience at this time. If you can’t book online please check back again soon. In line with government guidelines, we are prioritising those with the most urgent care needs.

 

If you are a man who has sex with men, it’s important you test for HIV regularly. With effective treatment, you can live a long and healthy life and you cannot pass HIV on.

Book your free and confidential HIV test online today.

We are currently running a very limited service and you may not be able to book a test online right now. We apologise for any inconvenience and appreciate your patience at this time. If you can’t book online please check back again soon. In line with government guidelines, we are prioritising those with the most urgent care needs.

If you feel you are at an increased risk of an STI, or if you think you have symptoms of HIV infection please call 0141 211 8130 to discuss with one of our staff.

If you think you have been exposed to the virus in the past 72 hours and our services are closed, please go to your local A&E as soon as possible. 

Why is it important to test?

If you have HIV, finding out means you can start treatment, stay healthy and avoid passing the virus onto anyone else. The sooner you start treatment, the less likely you are to become seriously ill. 

If you wait to test, the virus could do a lot of damage. There is a lot of support available for people who test positive.

If your test is negative PrEP can support your sexual health and protect you from HIV. If taken correctly, it is highly effective at stopping HIV being passed on.

 

How often should I test?

Testing at least once a year for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is good sexual health practice for everyone who is sexually active, even if you haven’t put yourself at risk of infection.

If you are having sex without condoms with new or casual partners, you should test every three months. 

Planning ahead and taking control will give you the benefit of knowing you'll be taking care of your sexual health. 

What happens if my test result is positive?

If you’re diagnosed with HIV you might feel upset, worried or angry. There's lots of support available, and nowadays people living with HIV can live long and healthy lives. Starting treatment is the most important way to avoid passing on HIV and protect your own health. HIV treatment in Scotland is free and confidential. 

Find out more about HIV treatment

Find out more about support services

What is HIV?

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. ‘Immunodeficiency’ refers to the weakening of the immune system by the virus. HIV is a long term health condition which is now very easy to manage. 

Nowadays, HIV treatment can stop the virus spreading, and if used early enough, can reverse damage to the immune system. 

Find out more about HIV on NHS Inform.