Merry Christmas!

As the Holiday Season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and on those who have helped us to shape our organisation. These people are our service users, volunteers and partner agencies. We value our relationship with you and look forward to working with you in the year to come. With appreciation to you all, the staff at LASS wish you a very merry Christmas and extend our best wishes for a happy New Year filled with peace and prosperity.

Christmas Opening Times.

We are unable to provide Rapid HIV tests over the Christmas period because we are closed for some days. You can still get tested at LASS until 21st December as usual, and then from 2nd January 2013. More information about our HIV Testing Service (including opening times over Christmas are here).

Day Date
Monday 24th December 2012 Closed
Tuesday 25th December 2012 Closed
Wednesday 26th December 2012 Closed
Thursday 27th December 2012 Open
Friday 28th December 2012 Open
Saturday 29th December 2012 Closed
Sunday 30th December 2012 Closed
Monday 31st December 2012 Closed
Tuesday 1st January 2013 Closed
Wednesday 2nd January 2013 Open

If you need information or HIV / STI tests over the holiday period please visit the Sexual Health Clinic at Leicester Royal Infirmary, Jarvis Building.  Their opening hours are as follows;

  • Christmas Eve, 24th December from 08.30 until 13.00 hours.
  • Christmas day and Boxing day – Closed
  • 27th – 29th – open normal hours
  • New Year’s Eve, 31st December from 08.30 until 13.00 hours
  • New Year’s day – Closed
  • 2nd January onwards – usual opening hours

EMERGENCIES

There are a number of places that you can turn to for HIV/AIDS related help and advice.  The following web page lists services and support available for HIV, AIDS and sexual health in the UK.

http://www.avert.org/aids-help-uk.htm

If you are in severe pain and need immediate treatment, you should go to the Accident and Emergency (A & E) department at your nearest hospital. A & E is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, including public holidays.  Please remember that A & E is not an alternative to a GP and should only be used in an emergency

PEP (Post-Exposure Prophylaxis)

PEP is a course of HIV medication which you can take if you have been at risk of HIV infection. The course of HIV medication lasts 28 days and, if you start taking it within 72 hours of putting yourself at risk, it may be able to prevent you from becoming infected with HIV.  Further information on PEP can be found from the following links:

http://www.tht.org.uk/informationresources/hivandaids/postexposureprophylaxis

http://www.gmfa.org.uk/sex/hivandaids/pep

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