We provide the full range of sexual infection screening and treat all sexually transmitted infections free of charge. We see anyone:
- Wanting a sexual health check-up, with or without symptoms (we offer the choice of not being examined)
- With a suspected or known sexual infection
- With any genital problems including discharge, lumps, rashes
- Wanting a blood test for HIV or Syphilis
- With a diagnosis of HIV for long term treatment and management
- Who has been or think they have been sexually assaulted
- Wanting advice on safer sex, sexual risk taking, infections, sexuality, gender issues
- Requiring Hepatitis B vaccination due to sexual risk
We can help you contact partners if you have been diagnosed with a sexually transmitted infection.
This service is for patients who have chronic recurrent genital problems. We see and manage men and women of all ages with non-sexual infection problems such as:
- Genital skin problems (itching, soreness, rashes and lumps)
- Genital Pain
- Unexplained vaginal discharge or thrush
- Problems following gender reassignment surgery
GUM Clinic Appointment Line 0191 5699021
Planning Clinic Appointment Line 0191 5699966
Sexual Health services operate out of the following bases:
Sunderland Royal Hospital (Chester Lodge) Kayll Road, Sunderland, SR4 7TP
Primary Care Centre Hylton lane, Sunderland SR5 4BW
Houghton Primary Care Centre Brinkburn Crescent, Houghton le Spring, DH4 5HB
Victoria Road Health Centre Victoria Road, Washington, NE37 2PU
Washington Primary Centre Princess Ann Park, Washington, NE38 7QZ
What is PEPSE?
PEPSE stands for Post Exposure Prophylaxis following Sexual Exposure. It is a short course of HIV treatment (anti-retroviral medication or ARTs) given to people who may have been exposed to HIV, in order to reduce the risk of them becoming HIV positive.
Who should have PEPSE?
The most common reason for giving PEPSE is that someone has had unprotected vaginal or anal sex (without a condom or the condom failed) with someone who is known to be HIV positive or who is thought likely to be HIV positive. When the risk of contracting HIV is estimated to be high PEPSE will be offered, the final decision to have it or not is yours. If PEPSE is recommended to you, you will need an HIV (blood) test to make sure you are not already positive and then in twelve weeks after treatment is completed.
How does it work?
You start it within 72 hours of sexual exposure (risk), the earlier it is started the better. Research suggests that PEPSE makes infection with HIV less likely. It works by preventing the body's eroconverting to becoming HIV positive. It doesn't work every time some people who take it can still become infected with HIV. It can fail because some anti-HIV drugs don't work against some strains of HIV. Also if it isn't taken correctly or soon enough it is more likely to fail.