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Prevention Support Clinic (PSC)

Helpful Information Leaflet

The Prevention Support Clinic (PSC) at St Vincent’s University Hospital aims to provide a safe and convenient medical, nursing and social support to people who would like help and clinical advice on HIV prevention. This includes testing for STIs, providing advice to patients and the provision of PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis).

Prevention Support Clinic (PSC) Helpful Information

What is the Prevention Support Clinic?

The Prevention Support Clinic (PSC) at St. Vincent’s University Hospital is an inclusive, sexual health service. Our primary aim is to provide safe and convenient medical, nursing and social support to all those who would need treatment of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) or clinical advice on HIV prevention, including Pre- exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). The PSC is a service delivered by healthcare providers experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of HIV and STIs. The clinic will monitor for any adverse effects associated with PrEP and offer STI screening and treatment where appropriate.

It is important to note that we do not dispense PrEP at the PSC clinic, but we provide prescriptions for PrEP. There are limited spaces available and access to the clinic is by appointment only. A walk-in service is not available.

What is PrEP?

PrEP is a safe and effective medication taken by HIV-negative patients to prevent HIV acquisition. It can be used in combination with other conventional risk-reduction methods such as condoms. Emtricitabine/Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate is the medication that is used for PrEP. It can be taken daily or alternatively as “on-demand” dosing. PrEP may be beneficial to you if you have recently had an STI, have recently used PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis),  or are using recreational drugs (‘chems’) during sex (e.g. crystal meth, mephedrone or G).

Appointments at the PSC

To set up an appointment to access PrEP:

Email us at- psc@svuh.ie
or
Call us on- 087-463-0358

Please include the following details in your email-

-Name

-Date of Birth

-Mobile Number

-Address

Your first appointment will be for a ‘pre- clinic screening visit’. At this visit tests will be taken for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea and blood tests will be sent for HIV, Hepatitis A, B, C, Syphilis, Kidney function & Liver function.

A key part of the initial consultation will be information on all forms of HIV & STI prevention, including PEP, PrEP, condoms & regular STI screening. During medical review, a decision will be made about follow- up visits which may vary depending on your assessed needs.

Please note, we will not be able to provide medical advice via this email address. This email is monitored Monday-Friday. For clinical concerns or emergencies out of hours, please contact your local Out of hours GP or attend your local Emergency Department.

Clinic Attendance

If you cannot attend an appointment, please let us know in advance. Your appointment will facilitate another patient to gain access to the service.

To reschedule your appointment, please contact the team by-

Email- psc@svuh.ie.

If you are unable to access email, please phone the following number.

Phone- 087-463-0358

Our appointments are extremely valuable. Non-attendance without warning is not accepted at the PSC.

STI Treatment at the PSC

The PSC works closely with our colleagues at SH:24 to ensure patients receive timely support, care, treatment and follow-up following a positive result of an STI screen or to those who require further blood tests.

Drug Payment Scheme

Once registered with our service, you may be advised to commence PrEP. To avail of free PrEP from community pharmacies, you will need to register with the HSE PrEP Programme using your Drug Payment Scheme (DPS) number. If you do not have a DPS, you can apply online (click here) and bring the DPS number with you to your appointment. It may take some time for your DPS number to be sent to you after completion of the form so please fill it in as early as possible before your appointment.

If you do not receive your DPS number before your clinic appointment, you can email it to us at psc@svuh.ie with your details and we will register you to the system. Please note, we will not be able to provide medical advice via this email address.