Sexual health and HIV
- General Enquiries
- 020 3312 1225
Monkeypox - Update and advice (11 August 2022)
Recent reports show that there continue to be confirmed cases of Monkeypox infections in the UK. While the current risk is low to the general population, we are asking patients some additional questions when booking an appointment and on arrival at the department. This will ensure we keep our patients and staff safe.
Please inform the service immediately on arrival (at the reception desk) if any of below apply to you:
- You are a man or transwoman who has sex with men and have had these symptoms in the last 3 weeks: an intense headache, muscle aches, a new rash on any part of your body, a fever, or any new lumps in your neck, groin or under your arms (swollen lymph nodes)
- You’ve been in close contact with someone who has Monkeypox in the last 3 weeks
- You have confirmed Monkeypox
- You’ve returned from West or Central Africa in the last 3 weeks and have any of the symptoms above
Photos showing the different stages of Monkeypox
Person-to-person spread of monkeypox may occur through:
- Direct contact with the skin lesions or scabs.
- Contact with clothing or linens (such as bedding or towels) that have been used by an infected person
- Breathing in droplets from the coughing or sneezing of someone who has a monkeypox rash.
We are currently unable to offer the Monkeypox vaccination unless you already have a pre-booked appointment for this. We are not able to offer further vaccination appointments at this time.
Please DO NOT call our booking line as they are unable to book appointments for vaccinations at this time.
We will update this information once there is further information about access to the Monkeypox vaccination. Thank you for your continued patience.
Coronavirus update for sexual health and HIV services
To access services, call our sexual health appointment line on 020 3312 1225 between the following hours:
- As we continue to move out of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have removed many of our remaining Covid-19 measures in line with national NHS guidance. Our sexual health department still have requirements in in place, such as face masks and social distancing. You can read about our latest measures across our sites before coming to hospital.
- To ensure social distancing, we are unable to operate a walk-in clinic. To access our service call 0203 312 1225, unless you have an emergency.
Emergency walk-in service is available to those who:
- Have experienced a recent sexual assault and do not wish to attend the havens.
- Require PEP ( Post- exposure prophylaxis for HIV)
- Require emergency contraception – call 020 3312 1225 or walk-in during opening hours
- If you are under 18 years old
If you have any non-urgent enquiries, you can reach the sexual health team via firstname.lastname@example.org
The Department of Sexual Health and HIV is based in the purpose built Jefferiss Wing clinic at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington.
The department provides specialist outpatient services to adults living with HIV in the Wharfside Clinic. We also provide dedicated HIV in-patient beds at Ron Johnson ward, a 19-bedded purpose built ward based at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
- Comprehensive sexual health screening for sexually transmitted infections (STI) including HIV
- Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) for HIV prevention
- Hepatitis A, B and C screening
- Hepatitis A, B and HPV vaccinations
- All methods of contraception, including emergency contraception
- Specialist clinics particularly focused on complex and difficult to treat infections and male pelvic pain
- Psychotherapeutic and psychosexual services for patients experiencing difficulties with sex and relationships, gender and sexuality
- Safer sex education and support/counselling
- Specialist clinics for gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) and those identifying as transgender
- Young people services
The service has a thriving HIV and Sexual Health research section supported by our Imperial College Academic colleagues
Making a donation to support the Sexual Health clinic
Imperial Health Charity is our dedicated charity, helping our hospitals do more through grants, arts, volunteering and fundraising. If you’ve experienced exceptional care at our Sexual Health clinic, you might like to say thank you by supporting our charity.
British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH)
- Lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV)
- Pelvic inflammatory disease
- More sexually transmitted infections leaflets from BASHH
- Central and North West London sexual health services
- SASH - support and advice on sexual health
- Club Drug Clinic
- My contraception toolkit
Paddington square construction works next to St Mary's Hospital
Patients and visitors to St Mary’s Hospital may experience some disruption caused by nearby construction works for the Paddington Square development (located between Praed Street and South Wharf Road). We apologise in advance for any impact these neighbouring works may have for our patients and visitors.
While the developer has put in place a range of mitigation and monitoring measures, we anticipate that there may be some disruption caused by additional noise, dust and vibration. If patients and visitors wish to raise any issues about the impact of the construction works on their care and treatment, then we would ask them to speak to our staff or contact the patient advice and liaison service (PALS).
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Staff are always super professional and very friendly. Keep up the good work and thanks to all the staff.Anonymous
I was delighted to find that I could now book an appointment for a sexual health check-up and wasn't disappointed. I was in and out in 25 minutes and my lovely nurse couldn't have been more friendly, helpful and thorough.Anonymous
The staff at the Jefferiss wing were discreet, friendly and knowledgeable. I'd highly recommend.Anonymous