Sexual health is an important part of physical and mental health as well as our emotional and social wellbeing. Did you know for example that Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) are the most common in the under 25 year old’s
Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection, with sexually active young people at highest risk. As chlamydia often has no symptoms and can have serious health consequences (eg pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy and tubal factor infertility) opportunistic screening remains an essential element of good quality sexual health services for young adults.
The National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP) is to control chlamydia through early detection and treatment of asymptomatic infection, so reducing onward transmission and the consequences of untreated infection for the under 25’s. Click here for further information on NCSP.
The Very Brief Intervention section below is targeted towards improving early diagnoses and treatment. The Local Support and Contact Details section, lists all the sexual health services that are available throughout the region.
Would you know where to go to for advice on sexual health or sexually transmitted infections?
Have you heard of the National Chlamydia Screening Programme (NCSP) – it offers all young people the chance to have a confidential free, test for Chlamydia
I see that you are under 25, Did you know that Chlamydia is the highest STI for your age range and it generally doesn’t display any symptoms so you may not be aware that you have an infection?
Would you like me to provide you with some information on how to get tested and the benefits?
While patients are highly accepting of being offered a screen, they have reported that it was very important that they did not have to ask. Many patients mentioned how helpful they would find it to have information clearly available in the practice stating the sexual health services are on offer, as they were unaware that they could have those services there.
Patients have a highly pragmatic response to a routine offer. They felt it was a sensible way of addressing their sexual health.
This question may be promoted from some verbal or visual prompts i.e. Posters or information displayed about the NCSP or they mentioned they are going on a “night out”.
It’s important that they feel this is a routine offer based on their age group only
“The patient doesn’t have to raise it with the doctor, the doctor should raise it with you. It should just be a standard thing. Then you know you’re not being singled out” (Male aged 22)
Inform them that the test:
- is easy
- services are young people friendly
- treatment is free
- For information about sexual health and contraception visit the FPA sexual health charity website www.fpa.org.uk or the sexual health pages of www.nhs.uk
- You can call the national sexual health helpline free on 0300 123 7123. Calls will be treated with sensitivity and in strict confidence. The Sexual Health Helpline is open from 9am-8pm, Monday-Friday.
Spectrum Community Health
0800 055 6442
030 3330 9500
Calderdale Sexual Health
For sexual health services across the Calderdale district
Tel: 01302 640040
Project 3 – Young Peoples Health & Wellbeing Service
Tel: 01302 640032
(for age 18 and under) offers free, confidential contraception and sexual health advice, including STI testing and treatment
Tel: (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Children and Young People Sexual Health Advice - Cornerhouse
Contact Tel:01482 327044
Cornerhouse provide free confidential sexual health information, condoms and lubricants to young people up to 25. You can call into the drop-in and get a free pregnancy test and/or chlamydia screening. These are available with no appointment.
Workers deliver training sessions to various groups. These focus on sexual health matters, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), contraception, relationships, where services are, what's available and the rights of young people.
Adult Sexual Health Advice - MESMAC
Contact Tel:01482 291190
MESMAC provide free confidential sexual health information, condoms and lubricants to adults over the age of 18. Services include:
- Free, rapid and confidential HIV testing
- Information and resources
- Meeting rooms and training space
- Outreach to the commercial gay scene, cruising areas and public toilets
- Support for individuals and community groups
Conifer House Sexual Health Clinical Service (CHCP)
Contact Tel: 01482 247111 Tel: (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Conifer provide a range of free and confidential sexual health services from a number of locations across the city for all ages.
Services include family planning and contraception, sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment, emergency contraception, women’s health services, men’s health services
030 3330 9981
Virgin Health Care
0300 330 1122
Everyone is welcome and you don’t need to see a GP first. You can attend one of our walk-in clinics, book an appointment online 24/7 or speak to us on 0300 330 1122. Our phone line is open 24 hours a day Monday to Friday.
- Counselling and advice
- Contraception (all types)
- Emergency contraception (the emergency IUD and emergency contraceptive pills)
- Screening and treatment for all sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including people living with HIV
- Hepatitis B vaccinations
- Smear tests
- Pregnancy testing
- Coil and implant fitting and removal
- Referral for termination of pregnancy
Virgin Health Care
Advice and support for all STI screening and contraception needs
Tel: 0300 330 1122
Web: For information and to book appointments online www.thesexualhealthhub.co.uk
Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust
Sexual Health Sheffield
0114 226 8888
Clinics providing free contraception, testing and treatment/vaccination, vasectomies, and full range of advice services.