STIs

Testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is easy and you usually don’t need to be examined. You can phone for an appointment or just drop in.

The best time to test is usually 2 weeks after sex for gonorrhoea and chlamydia or 4-6 weeks for HIV and syphilis. If you have symptoms you should come sooner.

The tests involve a urine test (for men) , a self taken vaginal swab (for women) and/or a blood test.

More on STIs prevention and treatment.

Contraception

We offer different options for contraception, including free condoms under the Safety C-Card Scheme.

We also offer emergency contraception.

Confidentiality

This is a confidential service. We do not routinely pass on any information to anyone outside of the Sexual Health Service (such as, your parents, teachers, GP/family doctor or social worker).

We ask all young people some questions about their safety.  If we are concerned about you, we may have to talk to other professionals who could offer further support. We would always do our best to discuss the options with you.

Safety

When you attend our service, we try to help you with all your sexual health or contraceptive needs. This includes ensuring you feel safe in your life and with any sexual partner.

If you have any worries about unhealthy, exploitative or abusive relationships, please talk to us when you attend. We will listen to you.

There are also a number of websites that provide information and support. See Useful links and phone numbers.