Our prevention service delivers a number of activities within African communities to raise awareness of HIV and the benefits of testing, reduce new infections and late diagnosis and challenge stigma and prejudice. Our activities include training, workshops and information sessions, one to one information and advice, talks, rapid HIV testing and condom distribution.
Self-testing for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea and Pregnancy
The chlamydia/gonnorrhoea self-tests use either a urine sample or swab which is posted (free post) back to the lab. Results will be given via phone or text, depending on the result. This will happen within 2 weeks of the test being received by the lab. Treatment for each is as follows:
Kits are available in the office, and involve a simple urine test.
A simple course of antibiotics normally clears chlamydia.
Treatment for gonorrhoea is usually a simple course of antibiotics.
If your test is positive for gonorrhoea you will be asked to attend a sexual health clinic in a hospital where you will have another test to check what antibiotic the infection will respond to.
The kits are free and available to collect from our Leeds office during office hours – you don’t need to make an appointment. We also distribute kits to under 25’s during our community events and activities.
We deliver a number of activities within African communities to raise awareness of Sexual Health & HIV transmission, encourage early testing, reduce the number of new infections and challenge stigma and prejudice. Activities include training, workshops and information sessions; 121 information and advice, talks, positive speaking and condom distribution.
How we can work with you and your community
Deliver information sessions to community groups and teams.
Deliver 1-2-1 advice sessions.
Challenge myths and stigma relating to HIV and help African communities realize and acknowledge their risk of HIV through community initiatives.
Deliver information sessions to professionals working across health and support sectors in Leeds.
Promote access to free condoms, lubricant and other resources for African communities and people living with HIV in Leeds.
Empower African communities by sign-posting to appropriate and relevant health services available in Leeds.
Empowering African men and women with the relevant knowledge and skills to protect themselves from HIV/AIDS. We work with African community groups, individuals and other organisations to deliver key messages aimed at preventing HIV/STIs These include:
Basic information on HIV and AIDS
HIV acquisition & transmission
Busting myths around HIV
HIV testing and treatment
Correct & consistent condom use
Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)
Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
HIV disclosure and support
We share information at events and activities such as football tournaments and community group meetings, as well as delivering workshops to any group interested in finding out more about how to protect themselves and their loved ones.
Leeds Sexual Health is a service which offers Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) screening and treatment, HIV testing and contraception services.
The Contraception and Sexual Health Service (CaSH), Genito-Urinary Medicine service (GUM) and Yorkshire MESMAC have come together as Leeds Sexual Health to provide an improved and easy to access service.
Leeds Sexual Health service, The Merrion Centre (1st floor)
50 Merrion Way, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS2 8NG
How do I book an appointment?
You can book an appointment by calling (0113) 392 0333. The booking line is open from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
LSH operate only one line for all their clinics, so let them know which clinic you want an appointment booked for.
Rapid Point of Care HIV Testing – fast, confidential and free.
Free and confidential HIV testing is available at BHA Leeds Skyline, 9.00 am – 4.30 pm on weekdays. You don’t need to book an appointment unless you need the services of an interpreter.
On arrival, we will discuss with you the reasons you feel you need a test, and decide which is the most appropriate service for you. We can offer HIV testing, plus the 3-in-1 STI/pregnancy test. Please note, this is for under 25’s only. You don’t have to use your real name, and if you feel uncomfortable with any of the questions, we won’t make you answer them.
Our trained workers will talk to you about HIV testing and answer any questions you may have about HIV.
We use a finger prick blood test to take a small amount of blood and results are available within a few minutes. We will facilitate any onward referrals needed, and support you regardless of the result with our dedicated team of support workers.
If you don’t get a negative result, we will make the arrangements for you to have a further blood test to confirm the result. We do this because occasionally, the tests we use can pick up other things apart from HIV. The worker will discuss this with you more when you test. If you feel you would also like further emotional support, we can refer you directly into our HIV support service and link you up with a worker who will help you through the next stages.
Through our community work, we also provide HIV testing in local African community groups, centres and businesses.
If you have put yourself at risk of HIV infection within the last 72 hours, you can attend your local sexual health centre or A and E and request PEP. This needs to be within 72 hours of potential exposure, and consists of a months course of anti-HIV treatment. The closer in time from the exposure will mean the medication has a better chance of preventing HIV transmission from occuring.
When should I test?
It takes 12 weeks for the antibodies to HIV infection to show up in your blood. This is called the window period. In this time, it is not advisable to test as your result may not be accurate.
If you test within the window period, we will always advise you to come back for a further test at 12 weeks.
If you decide to test at your local sexual health clinic, you can ask for a test which may be able to detect HIV itself, as well as the antibodies, at just 4 weeks. This will involve taking blood intravenously (from the arm), and is different from the finger prick tests we use at BHA Leeds Skyline. You will usually have your results in 2 weeks, and you are welcome to call us at any time during this process to get support and advice.
Condoms are the most effective way to safeguard your sexual health as they provide a thin barrier that stops sperm, bacteria and viruses getting from one person and into another.
Used correctly they have a very good success rate in protecting against unwanted pregnancy and the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STI’s), including HIV.
As part of our prevention work, we distribute free condoms and lube to over 20 community venues across Leeds. If you are interested in becoming a distribution centre, contact us at email@example.com or 0113 244 9767.
We also distribute free condoms and lube during community events and group sessions across Leeds. You can also drop in to our Leeds office to pick up condoms.
How do Condoms Work?
A condom covers the penis or sex toy and acts as a barrier between it and the mouth, vagina, penis or anus.
Condoms protect against pregnancy by preventing the sperm contained in semen coming into contact with the vagina. As condoms stop sexual fluids being transferred between partners they are also the only method of contraception that protects against most STI’s.
It’s important that the man’s penis does not make contact with the vagina before a condom has been put on. This is because semen can come out of the penis before a man has fully ejaculated. If this happens, or if semen leaks into the vagina while using a condom, seek advice about emergency contraception from your GP or contraceptive clinic. You should also consider having an STI test.
When used correctly each time you have sex, condoms are the best protection against STI’s and HIV when having vaginal, anal and oral sex. Water-based and Silicone-based lube can make condoms even more effective as it helps to prevent fiction which can lead to tears.
When used properly and consistently condoms are 98% effective in preventing an unwanted pregnancy. Whilst other contraceptives, such as the contraceptive pill, offer protection against unwanted pregnancy, they offer no protection against STI’s, unlike the condom.
Free condoms are widely and easily available, but if you do need to buy some you’ll find them in supermarkets, pharmacies, petrol stations, convenience stores and from vending machines in most pubs and clubs.
How do I use a condom?
Check 3 things on the condom package before use:
1. The condom is within date and hasn’t expired.
2. Make sure there are no rips or tears in the packet.
3. Make sure that the condom has the BSI kite mark or CE mark on the package. This means that the condom has been tested to ensure high quality.
Before opening, push the condom to one side of the package so that when you tear open the package you don’t tear the condom. Make sure you have it the right way up by placing it over your finger tip. If you can’t roll it down you need to turn it the over before putting it on the penis. If you notice the condom is inside out once on the penis, start again, with a new one, as there may be some sperm on it.
Make sure the condom is put on the penis when it is fully erect, if not, it’s more likely to come off.
Place the condom on top of the erect penis and pinch the tip of the condom between thumb and forefinger to get rid of any air and allow for a little space at the top as you roll it down the shaft to the base of the penis.
You can place a small amount of water-based or silicone-based lube on the condom for extra pleasure. If you are having anal sex you should use additional lube which you can apply to the outside of the anus or on the outside of the condom. Be careful not to use too much as it may cause the condom to slip off. Don’t use oil based lubricants – they can make the condom split.
After sex is finished withdraw the penis before it gets soft. Hold the condom on at the base of the penis until it is withdrawn from your partner’s mouth, anus or vagina and then take it off.
Do, check the condom from time to time and after half an hour change it for a new one. A condom is more likely to split if sex lasts over 30 minutes.
Do put the condom in the bin, do not put them in the toilet as they can block it.
Never reuse a condom. Always use a brand new condom if you have any sexual contact again.
Never use two condoms together as this increases the chances of them splitting or tearing.
What to do when condom breaks?
If the condom splits or slips off during sex you or your partner could be at risk of unwanted pregnancy, HIV or another sexually transmitted infection.