Your Sexual Health is no different than any other health issue. Positive Sexual Health is about being able to enjoy your sexuality in a way that protects both yourself and your partner agains consequences such as unintended pregnancy or Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
• To avoid an unwanted pregnancy use a reliable method of contraception.
• Contraception services are available free from your GP Surgery, Pharmacy, and Local Family Planning Clinics.
• REMEMBER no method of contraception is 100% safe.
• Be prepared! Carry a condom as it is the only method that offers protection against both unwanted pregnancy and most STIs
• If your method of contraception fails to prevent unwanted pregnancy, ask your GP, Pharmacy or Family Planning Clinics about information on Emergency Contraception.
• Emergency Contraception can be taken within 72 hours of unprotected sex, however it is more effective the sooner you take it.
• During sexual contact infections can be passed from one person to another.
• Sexually transmmitted Infections have no obvious signs or symptoms.
• Chlamydia is the most common bacterial infection in the UK and often has no signs or symptoms. The National Chlamydia Screening programme offers quick and simple urine tests.
• For confidenital informationand advice contact your GP or local Genito-Urinary Medicine (G.U.M) Service, or call 0845 045 0620 to access Primary and Community Sexual Health Services.
• If left untreated some STIs can lead to infertility and long term health problems.
Anyone regardless of age and sex could be at risk of an STI or unintended pregnancy if they are engaging in unprotected sexual activity.
If you would like confidential information on sexual health, ring 0800 56 71 23.