Sexual Health Support
Sex can be an important part of our lives and it can bring up a variety of feelings; both good and bad. It can be exciting, fun and loving but nerves and worries can also be part of the mix. This is why is it important that we feel ready to make that next step.
This page provides information and signposting to services relating to sexual health for young people. You will also find useful links and resources, local sexual health services and useful videos around sexual health in order to help you find what you are looking for.
To live a healthy lifestyle we should feel good mentally, emotionally and physically. Good sexual health means that we understand consent, avoid infections, illnesses and take responsibility to ensure that we protect ourselves and others, both physically and emotionally.
Health for Teens introduces a new and different way for young people aged 11-19 to learn about their health. This website is a previous winner of the Association for Healthcare Communications and Marketing (AHCM) ‘Best Website’ award.
This website features bite-sized information on a comprehensive range of physical and emotional health topics for teenagers, including healthy eating, body image, managing stress, advice on relationships, puberty, sexuality and much more. Movie clips, audio snippets and quizzes make the site engaging and interactive, and young people are able to share content easily with their peers via social media.
Whilst lockdown has presented the Integrated Sexual Health Service with many challenges around patients not being able to access their services in the way they would do normally, it has also given us an opportunity to progress sexual health services online. The service now has a number of services that patients can access from their own homes.
The following new services are free, confidential and non-judgemental:
• Condoms by post – this includes C-Card for 13-24 year olds and 24 years+
• Oral contraception – virtual assessment and prescriptions posted out
• Postal emergency contraception (over 16s only). Under 16s can still contact the service to request emergency contraception via the information and booking line
• STI & HIV testing – including treatment for chlamydia by post
• Virtual sexual health promotion practitioner advice
• Photo diagnosis for lumps, bumps and warts (18 years old and over)