HIV Service

About the Service

The HIV service is one of a wide range of sexual health services provided by Belfast Trust. These services are part of our Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) department.

Our services for people living with HIV include inpatient care, and outpatient clinics held throughout the week at the Royal site.


How to Access this Service

Newly diagnosed HIV patients wishing to register for care or HIV patients who wish to transfer their care to our service,please contact the clinic between 1.00pm and 4.30pm on Telephone numbers (028) 9063 6477 or (028) 9063 6483. Existing HIV patients should also use this number for appointment enquiries. If you have a medication issue please contact the pharmacist on 02890633420 or check http://www.hiv-druginteractions.org/  

Newly diagnosed patients

Newly diagnosed patients should expect to be seen in GUM within 2 weeks of receiving the diagnosis. With early access to good and effective treatment, most people with HIV can live a longer, healthier life. Treatment can also help reduce the spread of the infection.

For some, receiving an HIV diagnosis can be a particularly challenging event. At the clinic we have a team of specialists who can assist you to meet your emotional support needs throughout your care journey. We have a range of services available to support you with whatever may arise, these include Specialist Social Work, Health Advisers, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry.

If you have had unprotected sex within the last 72 hours, your partner may need prevention treatment (PEP). Please do not have sex until assessed at GUM. Contact the clinic on 02890634050 between 8.15 and 11.15 am or your nearest Accident & Emergency department outside of working hours.


HIV Service User Forum

The HIV Service User Forum (SUF) was formed to give people living with HIV a platform for partnership working and engagement with the services who deliver their care. It is a dynamic group empowering service users to use their own experience and knowledge to help improve the physical, mental & emotional well-being of people living with and affected by HIV in Northern Ireland. The SUF is made up primarily of people living with HIV and is attended by representatives from appropriate departments within the Trust and relevant support agencies, such as Positive Live and the Rainbow Project. Meetings take place four times a year and discussions within the group are treated as confidential, unless otherwise stated.

Be heard, contact us

The SUF welcomes new members or contributions from service users or those affected by HIV. Support is available for people who would like to attend meetings. For more information please contact the SUF by email at - SUFBelfast@gmail.com 

Not able to make the meetings? You can still be involved, please get in contact by e-mail or by speaking to a member of the Clinic staff.  We want to hear your views.


Clinic Location and contact details

For more details on the location of the HIV clinics, please see the main Sexual Health Services page.

Other services:

Emergencies

For details of what to do in the event of an emergency, please see the main Sexual Health Services page.