There has recently been an increase in monkeypox cases within the UK, however the risk of catching it remains low. Monkeypox can affect anyone; however the majority of monkeypox cases in the UK continue to be in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), with the infection being passed on mainly through close contact between people in interconnected sexual networks. Therefore, these groups in particular are advised to be aware of the symptoms, especially any new rashes or lesions on any part of their body. If you have symptoms of monkeypox please contact a sexual health service or call NHS 111. For more information, please visit nhs.uk.

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If you think you might have been exposed to HIV then you must start PEP medication as soon as possible after the episode of risk. PEP is available from sexual health clinics during opening hours.
If the clinic is closed DON'T DELAY, go to your nearest hospital A&E department for an assessment. The sooner you start to take the medication, the better chance you have of preventing HIV. Within 24 hours is best, but no later than 72 hours. After 72 hours PEP is unlikely to work. Your GP cannot prescribe PEP.

When the sexual health clinics are closed or during bank holidays there are other places you can go for support. You can receive help by calling NHS 111 on your phone or by visiting a pharmacy or GP.

Use this link to search for Pharmacies with late or 24 hour opening in Berkshire.

Use this link to search for GP walk in centres within Berkshire.

You can also find further help and information on this website using these links.

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