GUM Clinic and STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections)

Help

If you are worried about STIs or have questions about HIV & AIDS you can go to the Sexual Health Clinics (GUM Clinic)in Gloucester or Cheltenhamfor free and confidential advice, counselling, testing or treatment.

Clinic Times at Gloucester phone 08454 226470 for appointment and Cheltenham phone 08454 224279 for appointment. Details of Walk-in Clinics are below.

NB Men should not pass urine for 2 hours before attending clinic as it can reduce the effectiveness of some tests.


Walk-in Clinics are for people with or without symptoms who want to have a sexual health check-up or ask questions. We advise getting there early – it may take 2-3 hours.

When the clinics are busy -
If you arrive towards the end of the walk in clinic times, you may be asked to return the following day or to make an appointment.

There may be occasions when the clinics full and it may be necessary to close. We apologise if you attend a walk in and find you are unable to be seen.

Clinic Times

Sexual Health Clinic - GUM Walk in Clinic - Gloucester

Gloucester
Hope House, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Walk-in clinics -
Mon, Tues & Thurs 8.30am-3.00pm -
Wed & Fri 8.30am - 11.00am.

When the clinic is busy you may have to wait to be seen.

Appointments can also be made throughout the day - please call reception for details 08454 226470.

For information on walk in clinics or to make an appointment with a Nurse, Doctor or Health Adviser - phone 08454 226470. Advice from Health adviser 08454 226570.




Sexual Health Clinic - GUM Walk in Clinic - Cheltenham

Cheltenham
Benhall Clinic, Cheltenham General Hospital
Tel 08454 224279

Walk-in Clinics -
Monday & Wednesday
8.00am - 4.00pm
Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 8.00am - 12.00noon.

When the clinic is busy you may have to wait to be seen.

For appointments, information or to speak to a health adviser - please ring 08454 224279



Further Information

The Clinics offer free and confidential advice, counselling, testing and treatment for STIs including HIV

Sexual Health Clinic - GUM Clinic Gloucester

Hope House, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

PLEASE NOTE: The clinics are running Emergency Clinics only because of the current water situation in Gloucester. PLEASE RING 08454 226470 to check on opening times. As soon as the water supply has been re-established the clinics will operate normally.

For Nurse, Doctor or Health Adviser appointments please call 08454 226470

Health Adviser 08454 226570




Sexual Health Clinic - GUM Clinic Cheltenham

Benhall Clinic, Cheltenham General Hospital

PLEASE NOTE: The clinics are running Emergency Clinics only because of the current water situation in Cheltenham. PLEASE RING 08454 224279 to check on opening times. As soon as the water supply has been re-established the clinics will operate normally.

For Nurse, Doctor or Health Adviser appointments please call 08454 224279

Appointments can be made throughout the day during clinic times please ring or ask at reception tel 08454 224279



HIV/AIDS



Image: userfiles/docstore/HIV Service 44, London Road Gloucester.JPG HIV/AIDS Counselling & Support Service – For totally confidential service offering pre and post test counselling. Appointments available during the day. This service is available countywide. HIV and Hep B & C testing – same day results.
Please note there are no drop-in clinics, appointments only.

Cheltenham - Phone 01242 224666
Weds - Colesbourne Clinic

Gloucester - Phone 01452 308328
Mon & Tues, ATU, 44 London Road


NHS Direct on call 24 hours a day phone 0845 4647

Gloucestershire AIDS Trust
Support anyone is Gloucestershire infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Providing information, care and small grants to anyone in financial difficulties. To reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS within the African population, we also work closely with churches and other agencies to reach out to these hard to reach groups.

Phone 01242 221800

Email: gat@glosaidstrust.org
Website - www.glosaidstrust.org



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Further information of STIs.

If you are concerned about symptoms or would like further information or a health check-up please contact the Health Advisers at the GUM clinics, NHS Direct, or GP surgery/health centre.

Non-specific Urethritis (NSU)

What is it and how is it passed on?
Non-specific urethritis (NSU) is an inflammation of the urethra (the tube where urine comes out) that affects men only. It may also be called non-gonococcal urethritis.
It is usually caused by vaginal, oral or anal sex with a partner who already has a sexually transmitted infection (STI). It's called 'non-specific' as a variety of infections can cause it.
Other causes include: other genital or urinary tract infections, damage to the delicate urethra through vigorous sex or masturbation, a urine or bladder infection, although this is rare in young men
You can't catch NSU from kissing, hugging, sharing baths, towels, cups, plates or cutlery, or from toilet seats or swimming pools.

Chlamydia

Chlamydia is also a bacterial infections which can affect men and women and can be passed on through unprotected sex. STIs are increasing especially in young people 14 and over, eg. 1 in 10 young people aged 16-24 are infected with Chlamydia. If you are worried please contact the Health Adviser at the Clinic.

NEW - A Chlamydia Screening Programme will start July 2007 - For more information please contact The Chlamydia Screening Office on 08454 226202.

More information about the programme can be found on the Health Protection Agency website ww.playingsafely.co.uk (see national links). Tel the sexual health helpline on 0800 567 123 or text phone 0800 521 361 if you need more help.



Thrush

Thrush is a very common cause of unusual vaginal discharge, 3 out of 4 women will have thrush at some point in their lives.

It is caused by a number of factors and it is not a sexually transmitted infection but can sometimes be passed from one person to another through sexual contact. Thrush can affect men as well as women.

If you think you have a thrush infection you can go to a GUM clinic or GP. Some treatments are available from a pharmacist.

Syphilis

Syphilis is caused by bacteria which are easily passed from one person to another through sexual contact. Anyone who is sexually active can get it – both men and women. Symptoms can be mild and you could pass it on without knowing you have the infection. The only way to know is to have a test at the GUM clinic. If you are worried please contact the Health Adviser at the Clinic.


Gonorrhoea is caused by bacteria which is passed from one person to another. Once and infection is confirmed, it can be treated with antibiotics, usually a single dose and treatment is very effective.

Genital herpes is a virus and both men and women can have it and pass it on. Treatment involves taking antiviral tables to prevent the virus multiplying.

Genital Warts are caused by a virus and are easily passed from one person to another during sex and by skin to skin contact. Treatment – there are several types of treatment available but may have to be repeated several times. At the moment there is no treatment to get rid of the virus completely. If you think you have genital warts contact the GUM clinic’s Health Adviser for advice.

Other STIs

If you think you have an STI it is important to talk to your partner about it.

If you think you have been exposed to an STI through having unprotected sex, call the health adviser at the GUM clinic for confidential advice. Phone 08454 226464 (Glos) or 08454 224279 (Chelt)

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