Good sexual health enables healthy relationships, planned pregnancies and prevention of disease. In Suffolk there is range of services available to support your sexual health needs. There are dedicated services for sexual health but help & support can also be accessed through traditional health service routes.
Most GPs provide contraceptive services including the Contraceptive Pill, Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) such as the coil or implants. GPs can also provide Emergency Hormone Contraception (EHC) for episodes of unprotected sexual activity. GPs also screen for chlamydia, a common sexually transmitted disease, for those aged under 25.
Most pharmacies provide free Emergency Hormone Contraception (EHC) and also screen for chlamydia for those aged under 25.
Specialist Sexual Health Services offer a free, confidential service providing contraception, sexual health advice, testing and treatment and HIV care and treatment. All treatment is free of charge.
There is a single local rate phone number to call and book appointments to access services in Suffolk:
If you are between 16 and 24 and sexually active, you need to test regularly for Chlamydia to stay free from infection. It's easily treatable and you can test yourself for free at home. Order a testing kit at expresstest.icash.nhs.uk.
People at higher-risk of HIV can now order a HIV home-sampling test kit online. The test is
free and involves taking a simple finger prick blood sample. Improved treatment for HIV means
those diagnosed early can have a life expectancy almost matching that of people who are HIV free.
For further details, to check your eligibility
and to request a home-sampling test kit, visit the website here.
Did you know that anyone can access specialist sexual health services anywhere in the country as they operate an open access policy?