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Sexual Health Advisers are here to support you and provide a safe, confidential space for you to talk about your diagnosis, living with HIV, your sexual health, your emotional wellbeing and telling your partner/s. They may even be able to contact your partner/s anonymously for you.
Information about HIV can be confusing. Sexual Health Advisers can explain all aspects of HIV including how it is transmitted and how best to prevent transmission.
Luckily these days HIV is considered a long-term manageable condition. However, there may be times when you need extra support.
You may want to talk about treatment, minimizing the risk of transmission and negotiating safer sex with partners. You might need help in deciding who to tell that you are positive and how to go about it.
If your partner didn’t know you were going for a HIV test, you will obviously be thinking about how – and when – to tell them.
If you wait too long, your partner may be upset by the delay which won’t make it easier to work through this together. However, don’t just blurt it out without thinking about how and when to tell them and how they might react.
Talk it through first with a trusted friend, a health adviser or a patient representative.
Your partner will probably want to get tested. However, it is by no means inevitable that they will be HIV positive. And, remember, if they are found to be positive it doesn’t mean they caught the virus from you (or you from them).
People who are positive and unaware of their status may be putting others at risk of catching HIV if they are having unprotected sex.
It is important, therefore, to consider telling previous sexual partners about your diagnosis. – particularly those you have had unprotected sex within the previous three months.
If you don’t want to contact partners yourself, but have their contact details, the sexual health advisers can inform them that they need to have an HIV test anonymously, without having to identify you.
In order to be able to maintain or improve your sexual health and wellbeing, it is vital that you have access to accurate information so that you can make informed decisions and choices.
Sexual health advisers are happy to discuss with you and your partner/s all aspects of sex – including other sexually transmitted infections – in a safe and non-judgemental environment.
If you feel your behaviour is risky the sexual health advisers can help you explore what is going on, offer support and discuss strategies that may reduce the risks of other sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancy.
The sexual health advisers see all patients who have been diagnosed with HIV or a sexually transmitted infection In order to cut down the chances of the infection being passed on. The sexual health advisers will discuss with you whether your current or previous partner/s need to be informed. This is called partner notification and they will suggest the easiest way of doing this and may even be able to contact your partner/s anonymously for you.
The sexual health advisers can also provide you with condoms, lubrication and “slamming packs”.
To contact the Sexual Health Adviser team: 07702 339 298
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Bloomsbury Clinic at The Mortimer Market Centre is run by Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Address: Bloomsbury Clinic, Capper Street, off Tottenham Court Road London, WC1E 6JB
General enquiries: 020 3317 5100