Clinic in Cardiff

Meet the Team

The Integrated Sexual Health service offers clinics in the Cardiff Royal Infirmary (CRI) on Newport Road (ISH CRI). ISH CRI clinics provide a full sexual health service, except the provision of some forms of contraception. At Integrated Sexual Health service there are a range of staff you might have contact with, these include, reception staff, doctors, nurses, sexual health advisers and nursing assistants. Reception staff The reception staff are the first individuals you’ll meet when ...

Student Sex Workers and the Clinic

• There will be no extra tests, we just need your permission to use your results for the purposes of research as part of the Student Sex Worker Project.
• When you attend Cardiff and Vale UHB sexual health clinic nobody will know you have visited for an appointment.
• Your records are confidential and protected by law meaning nobody else can gain access to them, including the police, social security, or immigration.
• All services are free and confidential for all sex workers regardless of nationality or immigration status.

What will Happen when I Visit?

• Upon arrival for your appointment you will be given a self-triage form by reception, you should arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to fill this in.
• Once this has been returned you will be provided with a referral slip with a reference number. This will be used, rather than your name, to call you for your consultation.
• Your consultation will be conducted by a consultant, registrar, or nurse practitioner and will involve a discussion about your sexual history, a genital/ rectal examination and, in some cases, a vaginal self-swab.
• A separate consultation room is used for taking blood tests.
• The HBV vaccine is given to those who have not already received it.
• The consultation is followed by a chat with the health advisor.
• You need to make a follow-up appointment for one week later to collect your results. Positive result counselling is offered.
• A disclaimer can be signed at the clinic if you wish to receive your results by telephone.

What Happens Next?

• If the results are negative, you will receive a text message / letter within 2 weeks after your visit to confirm the negative results.
• If any of the tests indicate possible infection, you will be contacted by a sexual health advisor or nurse within 7 – 10 days to arrange an appointment to discuss the results, receive treatment and arrange for your partner to attend.
• Please note the commonest infection we might find would be chlamydia which is treatable with antibiotics.
• Treatment, if required, is free.

About the HIV Test

An HIV test determines whether or not someone has antibodies to HIV in their blood or in other words has been infected with HIV.