SEXUAL HEALTH AND HIV PREVENTION

SEXUAL HEALTH AND HIV PREVENTION SERVICE FOR HIGH RISK GROUPS IN SOUTH WEST LONDON

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SOUTH WEST LONDON SEXUAL HEALTH AND HIV PREVENTION SERVICE FOR HIGH RISK GROUPS

The four areas of priority

Following a 2022 procurement exercise to deliver Sexual Health and HIV Prevention services to the London boroughs of Wandsworth, Richmond, Sutton, Kingston and Merton, previous contract holders Spectra and partners METRO Charity and KWA Africa, community-based peer support agencies, will continue to deliver provision.

Services, for people who live, work, or attend education in the boroughs, will split into four areas of priority:

  • Sexual Health Services for Young People (YP)
  • HIV Prevention & Support Service
  • Sex Worker Support Service
  • Sexual Health Outreach, Prevention & Engagement Service

Following the set-up of an entirely new service for Sex Workers Support, within the London Boroughs of Richmond and Wandsworth, and review of the current Young Persons provision of the service, the new contract launches formally April 3, 2023. Majority of service remains as is, with some areas receiving additional activity, including:

Sexual Health for Young People

1. Sexual Health Service for Young People (London Boroughs of Richmond, Wandsworth, Merton & Kingston only):

  • Education sessions/ 1-to-1 interventions delivered in schools/youth settings.
  • Boys & Young Men Support (Wandsworth only).
  • Chlamydia/gonorrhoea testing.
  • Training to onsite staff for C-Card, plus condom distribution.
  • Professionals Training.

Enquiries to the Young Persons Sexual Health team can be made via email at yp@spectra-london.org.uk

HIV Prevention & Support

2. HIV Prevention & Support (London Boroughs of Richmond, Wandsworth, Merton, Kingston & Sutton):

  • Support Black/MSM communities in raising increase knowledge of HIV/STI.
  • Group work to encourage positive behaviour change.
  • Outreach activity, including STI/HIV testing at community testing sites.
  • Condom distribution.
  • Counselling & Peer Support Groups for PLWHIV

Enquiries to the Sexual Health team can be made via email at testing@spectra-london.org.uk

 
Spectra provide general sexual health counselling for residents from these boroughs. You can email counselling@spectra-london.org.uk for more details of this service. Please note that the waiting time is around six months from the date a registration form is received.

Counselling Registration Form

Sex Worker Support Service

3. Sex Worker Support Service (London Boroughs of Richmond & Wandsworth only):

  • Community outreach Sessions
  • Provision of safer sex initiatives, including testing and treatment.
  • Advocacy support to include support with wider issues.
  • Referrals schemes to other agencies, including Drug & Alcohol Services.
  • Wellbeing services to include safer sex packs, safe sex advice and harm minimisation.

Enquiries to the Sex Worker Support Lead can be made via email at askalex@spectra-london.org.uk

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Sexual Health Outreach, Prevention & Engagement Service

4. Sexual Health Outreach, Prevention & Engagement Service (SHOPE) (London Boroughs of Wandsworth, Kingston & Merton):

  • Improve knowledge of high risk groups (incl. Trans communities, people with learning disabilities, the homeless community, people with mental health issues, asylum seekers/migrants and people with alcohol/substance misuse) understanding of safer sex, contraception, STI/HIV transmission, and 1-to-1 support.
  • Community outreach activities.
  • Behaviour change interventions to high-risk individuals and communities.
  • Free condom distribution programme.

Enquiries to the SHOPE team can be made via email at dale@spectra-london.org.uk

Additional information, including referrals and contact leads for the four areas of delivery, is available from Spectra Operations Manager, John Dugdale, and can be contacted at john@spectra-london.org.uk