Sexual Health
Embrace's Sexual Health Services

Embrace UK sexual health services use a holistic and friendly approach for all. Our sexual health services are monitored to maintain high standard professional and ethical qualities. We follow the standards set by the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH).

Sexual health promotion services are for:

  • All people residing and working in Haringey.
  • Young people and adults, both men and women.
  • All LGBT/ MSM groups.
  • All faith groups.
  • New arrivals including migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.

Services include:

  • Reliable and up-to-date information on sexual health promotion including advice on accessing services.
  • Our sexual health services are culturally and linguistically diverse.
  • Free, fast and confidential HIV testing.
  • Free Chlamydia/Gonorrhoea testing/screening.
  • Free Condom/Femidom distribution including demonstration.
  • C-Card registration for youngsters between the age of 16 – 24 for a London-wide free condom/contraception services.
  • ‘Livewell’ Starter pack services – a free condom pack for over 25s Haringey residents.
  • Comprehensive support services for HIV affected clients.
  • Special support for newly diagnosed pregnant women including a monthly peer support group.
  • Provision of written information on Sexually Transmitted Infection (STIs) including HIV.
  • Proper referral and signposting for relevant services, such as LARC and STIs Treatment.
  • Information on Healthy Living Pharmacies (HLP) that take part in the promotion of good sexual health in Haringey.

Embrace UK provides sexual health services at the primary and secondary levels. Services are provided to residents of Haringey aged 16 and over. Young people under 16 are signposted to the relevant services.

Primary Prevention Services

The aim of primary prevention is to promote safer sex practices and minimise onward transmission of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) including Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

The promotion of safer sex practice requires joint work between service providers and service users that leads to voluntary STIs screening and testing.

1. Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea screening. 

Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea are sexually transmitted infections (STIs) caused by bacteria. Both are treatable and curable if tested at the early stage.

Unprotected sex is the main means to get infected with Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea. The advice is always to use a condom.

1.1 Chlamydia

Chlamydia is one of the most common STIs in the UK and locally in Haringey. It easily passes on during sex. Most people don’t know they have it as they don’t experience any symptoms. That means people who are infected can pass the infection to another person or to a partner.

1.2 Gonorrhoea

Gonorrhoea is another common STI caused by bacteria. It is curable if treated early. If left untreated it can lead to some serious health problems.

The screening for both Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea is simple. It is just a urine test. A laboratory test can confirm whether you have it or not. Results are then delivered to a client confidentially.

2. Point of Care HIV Testing (POCT). 

POCT is a Rapid HIV Test in the community conducted in less than ten minutes. Pre- and post test discussion with an individual is part of the process for more understanding about the importance of testing. The Rapid HIV Test is very confidential and is carried out strictly with the NHS professional ethics.

Embrace UK’s HIV testing and other STIs screening time-table*:

Day
Time
Availability
Location
Monday
1300 – 1800
Weekly
Wood Green Library
Tuesday
0900 – 1300
Weekly
Laure's Health Centre
 
1400 – 1800
Monthly (starting 17/1/17)
Project Future
Wednesday
1000 – 1400
Weekly
CONEL College
 
1400 – 1800
Weekly
Marcus Garvey Library
Thursday
1000 – 1300
Weekly
Haringey 6th Form College
 
1800 – 2000
Fortnightly (starting 7/7/16)
Hornsey YMCA
Monday – Friday Embrace UK office 10.00 –17.00 by appointment only
* Times may be subject to change. To confirm times please contact Mesfin Ali directly on 0208 275 4531 (mobile: 07985 510318) or Solomon directly on 0208 275 4521 (mobile: 07534 503412).




Rapid HIV Test
An example of what happens during a rapid HIV test.


Dominion Church
Working with faith groups.
Marcus Garvey Library
Outreach work in community venues.

3. C-Card for Young People. 

Provision of a C-Card for the under 25s is one of the services available. The C-card allows the holder to access free condom from specific pharmacies and outlets in London.

The C-Card registration and free condom service is available at all outreach venues and the Embrace UK office during working hours.



4. LIVEWELL condom registration. 

Public Health Haringey has a free condom distribution scheme for residents aged 25 and over. Information on how to access this service can be obtained at all outreach venues and Embrace UK Office during working hours.




To find out more about other sexual health services in Haringey click HERE.

Printable version of Sexual Health flyer.


Secondary HIV Prevention Services

The secondary HIV prevention services are for People Living with HIV (PLWH) including newly diagnosed pregnant women. Two of the HIV prevention programmes are:

1. Community Support services.

Community Support Services are support services for PLWH for Haringey and Enfield residents.

The support is tailored towards raising awareness about HIV through education to empower and equip them with the skills they require to access information and services. This possibly can help them to live a healthy and positive life in the community and fight against stigma and discrimination.

Embrace UK’s staff work with consultants, nurses and midwives at the North Middlesex University Hospital.

Some of the day-to-day practical support services provided are:

  • Emotional support
  • Disclosure support
  • Treatment adherence
  • Relationship issues
  • Partner/Child testing
  • Hardship Fund
  • Housing issues
  • Referral and signposting
  • Advocacy service
  • Focus group discussion
  • Peer support sessions
  • Mentoring service

For information about Community Support Services, please contact Maureen Muheki directly on 0208 275 4539 (mobile: 07903 917838) or main-line: 020 8801 9224; Email: maureen@embraceuk.org. Alternatively, you can contact Mesfin Ali, the Health Services Manager direclty on 0208 275 4531 (mobile: 07985 510318).

2. Newly Diagnosed pregnant women.

The Newly Diagnosed pregnant women service is a special support and care during the pregnancy period. Working with consultants, nurses and midwives at the North Middlesex University Hospital, Embrace UK staff are supporting pregnant women in various forms depending on their needs.

Following the pregnancy period, there is a post-natal support at least for a year after delivery.

There is also a peer support group running once a month to provide safe and secure place for sharing life experiences and creating opportunities to learn.

Some of the practical services provided are:

  • Emotional support
  • Disclosure support
  • Treatment adherence
  • Relationship issues
  • Partner/Child testing
  • Hardship Fund
  • Housing issues
  • Referral and signposting
  • Advocacy service
  • Focus group discussion
  • Peer support sessions
  • Mentoring service

For Newly Diagnosed Pregnant Women Support Services, please contact Miriam Magezi directly on 0208 275 2754 (mobile: 07985 548969) or main-line: 020 8801 9224; Email: miriam@embraceuk.org. Alternatively, please contact Mesfin Ali, the Health Services Manager directly on 0208 275 4531 (mobile: 07985 510318).