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Sexual Health


Sexual Health is influenced by a numerous different factors ranging from sexual behaviour and attitudes and societal factors, to biological risk and genetic predisposition.


There are 15 different methods of contraception, the type that works best for you will depend on your health and your circumstances.

Sexual Diseases

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are diseases passed on through intimate sexual contact. Common STIs in the UK include chlamydia, genital warts and gonorrhoea. Although they are treatable they can have long term damaging effects if not treated quickly. Chlamydia has no symptoms so the only way to keep on top of your sexual health is to receive regular screenings.  You can get tested at a sexual health clinic, GUM clinic or GP surgery.

NHS Direct - Call: 0845 46 47

More information can also be found on the following website:


The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) attacks the body's immune system. A healthy immune systems provides a natural defence against disease and infection. If the immune system is damaged by HIV it increases the risk of developing a serious infections or disease such as cancer. AIDS is the final stage of HIV infection, when your body can no longer fight life-threatening infections. There is no cure for HIV, but there are treatments to enable most people with the virus to live a long and healthy life.

NHS Direct - Call: 0845 46 47

If you suspect you may be infected with HIV or Aids, you can also visit your local GP.

Please see below for other helpful websites:

More information can also be found by visiting the Terrance Higgins Trust website.

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