What if I need an STI test during the COVID-19 outbreak? If you’ve been at risk within the 72 hours, you might be able to prevent HIV infection by taking PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis). This is a course of medication that might prevent you becoming HIV-positive. You need to start PEP ideally within 24 hours of the risk, and no later than 72 hours. The longer you wait, the less chance there is of PEP working. You can get PEP from a sexual health clinic or hospital A&E department. A doctor will advise you if PEP is suitable for you based on the level of risk. For more information about PEP, click here. If you need to access an STI test, you might have to wait a bit longer than you are used to. This is because many clinics are scaling back the level of testing to focus on people who are very sick. If you don’t have any symptoms, you might not be able to access a regular screening test. If you have symptoms for an STI, you should phone your nearest clinic. Use SX’s Service Finder to find your nearest sexual health service. Click here to head over to their page.