COVID-19, HIV and Sexual Health

COVID-19: General Information

For update factual information and advice about Coronavirus (COVID-19) visit hse.ie/coronavirus.

COVID-19 and HIV: Information for People living with HIV

There is currently no evidence that people living with HIV are at increased risk of acquiring COVID-19 due to their HIV status.

We have compiled some information about HIV and COVID-19 for people living with HIV, including advice about taking care of your sexual health, accessing HIV services and where to get support during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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COVID-19 and Sexual Health: Information for gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men

Our MPOWER Programme team have compiled some advice and tips about looking after your sexual health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak, with advice about hooking-up, PEP & PrEP, STIs and drug and alcohol use.

Para acessar essa informação em português click aqui.

Sex and COVID-19

While there is no evidence that coronavirus (COVID-19) can be sexually transmitted, it can be passed on through close contact with someone who has the virus.

The HSE Sexual Health and Crisis Pregnancy Programme has issued information and advice about Sex and COVID-19, and how to reduce your risk of coronavirus during sex.

Gay Health Network Statement: COVID-19 and Sex

The Gay Health Network has issued advice and guidance on COVID-19 for gay, bisexual and men who have sex with men, including men living with HIV.  As new information emerges, updates will be communicated via the Man2Man.ie website and its Facebook page.  The information is available in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.

Public Sexual Health Service Restrictions

Due to the evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, there are significant restrictions to public sexual health services over the coming weeks.

This includes many closures or restrictions to HIV and STI testing and PrEP clinics.

Treatment clinics for HIV, STIs and Hepatitis are operating at some level and individual clinics will contact people who are currently receiving treatment and/or have appointments to inform you whether to attend your appointment or not, and when and how to get your medication.

Some STI testing clinics, while closed, may provide services in the case of emergencies.  If you have symptoms, don’t ignore them. Contact your nearest clinic and leave a detailed message with your name and contact telephone number so that a staff member can call you back. You can also contact your GP who may provide STI testing services.

PEP is still available during these restrictions. If you have had a recent exposure to HIV, it is important to take urgent action. Contact your nearest Hospital Emergency Department where PEP is available or contact your local sexual health clinic.

Updates on services are outlined HERE and will be updated further as information becomes available.