Trade Sexual Health

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and trans communities of Leicester,
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Support during the festive period

Monday, 10th December 2018

Trade Sexual Health

The Trade office will be closed from 4pm on Friday 21st December 2018 until 9:30am on Wednesday 2nd January 2019. During this time, there will be no Trade services in operation, which includes Kwik Prick rapid HIV testing, outreach sauna clinics, CLINIC xtra and 121/counselling sessions.

When we are back open and you want some short-term or long-term support in the local area, such as one-to-one support or counselling, you can get in contact with us.

Leicester Sexual Health

St Peter's Health Centre and Loughborough Health Centre have the following opening times during Christmas and New Year:

Monday 24th December: 9am - 4pm
Tuesday 25th December: CLOSED
Wednesday 26th December: CLOSED

Thursday 27th December 1:30pm -7:30pm (under 25s only at St Peter's only)
Friday 28th December: 9am - 4pm
Saturday 29th December: 9am-1:30pm
Monday 31st December: 9am - 4pm
Tuesday 1st January: CLOSED
Wednesday 2nd January: Usual opening times

If you think you have been exposed to HIV in the last 72 hours (3 days), you should consider PEP, which stands for Post Exposure Prophylaxis. If you need to access PEP outside of their opening times, you can access this from the Leicester Royal Infirmary adult A&E department.

For further information, visit the Leicester Sexual Health website.

Emotional support

If you need someone to talk to over the festive period, you can access the following services:

Switchboard LGBT+ helpline

The London-based LGBT+ helpline is open every day from 10am-10pm, including over the Christmas and New Year period, to provide you with support, information and also offer a referral service lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* people - and anyone considering issues around their sexuality and/or gender identity. They are confidential, welcoming, supportive and non-judgemental, and although they are based in London, they can provide you with support regardless of where you live.

You can call them on 0300 330 0630 (calls to this number will cost you the same as calls to 01 and 02 numbers and are included in any call allowances you may have either on a mobile or a landline). Alternatively, you can visit their website.


As stated on their website, you can talk to Samaritans "anytime you like, in your own way, and off the record - about whatever's getting to you. You don't just have to be suicidal." Although they are not LGBT-specific, they are trained up to listen to you and for you to talk about your thoughts and feelings, to help you see things more clearly and think more clearly about your options.

They are open 24 hours a day, every day throughout the year, including over the Christmas and New Year period.

You can call Samaritans for free on 116 123.


Childline is a free, private and confidential service for children and young people aged up to 19, where you can be you. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, however you want to get in touch. They are there for you online, on the phone, anytime. They are open 24 hours a day, everyday.

You can call Childline for free on 0800 1111 or visit their website for an online chat.

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