Sexual health services are all about helping to protect you - and helping you to protect yourself - from sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), supporting you with pregnancy tests, unwanted pregnancies, as well as a number of other services.
When it comes to sexual health, looking after yourself not only protects you but also your partner.
Sex is often a taboo subject that many people have trouble discussing with family or friends. Therefore it is very important that there are independent experts that you can turn to if there is anything that is concerning you. With some STIs the long-term effects of leaving them untreated can be devastating and permanent, so the best thing you can do is ask for help from someone in the know as soon as you notice something is wrong.
For general sexual health information, click here.
Information specifically for younger people is available here.
Where can you go for help?
You can talk to your GP, or for more specialised advice you can visit your local sexual health clinic or genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinic.
The clinic might offer services such as:
- Sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment
- Contraception (including injection or implant)
- Emergency contraception
- Pregnancy testing
- Unplanned pregnancy services
- HIV testing and treatment
- Chlamydia testing and treatment
- Free condoms
- Psychosexual counselling
- Sexual health information and advice
- Referral to vasectomy services