Tuesday, 5th May 2020
Updated: Tuesday 5th May 2020 at 13:30.
Due to the current situation with Covid-19, Trade will be reviewing their services.
Effective immediately, services that will be temporarily suspended are:
Face-to-face outreach services e.g. sauna outreach
Face-to-face drop-in services e.g. Kwik Prick (at the Trade office or outreach sites in Coalville, Hinckley & Loughborough)/Approach counselling/information, advice & guidance 1-2-1 support
Drop-in events and groups e.g. Condom Packing Evenings/Dosti
Outreach clinics run by Leicester Sexual Health e.g. sauna clinics/CLINIC xtra
During this time, our regular opening hours will be suspended, as we will be using our reduced opening hours, which will be Monday-Friday 10:00am-4:00pm
From Tuesday 24th March, the Trade office will be closed, but the Trade team will be working remotely. You can still contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0116 254 1747 during our reduced office hours.
We will now be accepting new referrals for counselling, but only for those who feel comfortable having sessions either over the phone or on an online video call platform. Click here to refer.
If you require immediate support around your mental health, you can contact the Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Crisis Support helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by calling 0808 800 3302 or emailing Leicestershire.Helpline@turning-point.co.uk
Kwik Prick - Rapid HIV Testing
From 24th March, the Trade office will be closed until further notice, so we will not have the capacity to deliver rapid HIV testing.
You can order a free HIV postal kit online where you will be able to test for HIV at home. Click here to order.
If you required some support whilst doing this test yourself at home, you can use the 1-2-1 services as listed below.
1-2-1 information, advice & guidance
Support can be provided virtually using the contact details above.
We will be offering a drop-in service via Zoom for people wanting to talk to somebody or to get some support with collecting blood samples for HIV and STI postal kits. These sessions will take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 12:00-2:00pm (excluding Public Holidays). Click here to access.
Safer sex pack postal service
In addition to supplying safer sex packs to gay and bisexual men, and other men having sex with men, living or working in Leicestershire County and Rutland County, we will be temporarily accepting orders from gay and bisexual men, and other men having sex with men, living or working in Leicester City, in order to reduce the number of people accessing the Trade office.
STI testing - Leicester Sexual Health
Leicester Sexual Health are advising people who want to access a full sexual health screening to do so via their online STI postal testing kits. Click here to order.
If you required some support whilst doing this test yourself at home, you can use the 1-2-1 services as listed above.
There will be no drop-in services available at either Haymarket Health and Loughborough Health Centre, as well as no outreach clinics running, which include sauna clinics, CLINIC xtra and Choices clinics.
If you are displaying symptoms of any sexually transmitted infections, you are advised to call the Haymarket Health clinic on 0300 124 0102 for an over-the-phone consultation during the usual opening hours.
We apologise for any inconvenience during this time. The care for our clients is paramount and we want to ensure that services are not disrupted for too long.
Keep yourself updated by visiting our website or social media pages.