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Sexual Health

Sexual health

Poor sexual health can have a negative impact on a person’s overall health and wellbeing. For example, this includes sexually transmitted infections (STIs) - like chlamydia, which can lead to infertility, HIV and unplanned pregnancy.

In Doncaster, there are a number of initiatives that can help us achieve good sexual health for everybody. Click on the links below to find out more.

  • Doncaster - Respect Yourself - everything you need to know about sexual health and relationships for young people aged 13 and above
  • Project 3 - The NHS sexual health service for those aged 18 and under in Doncaster.
  • TriHealth Doncaster - the NHS sexual health service for those aged 19 and over.

STI testing

If you have had sexual contact with someone without using a condom, you may be at risk of an STI. Not all STIs have symptoms so if you think you may have been at risk it is important to get tested.

You can access STI testing in a number of places:

HIV

HIV testing is a routine part of sexual health screens. The sooner HIV is diagnosed in an individual, the less damage the virus can do to the body. It also means the virus is less likely to be passed on. If you think you may have exposed yourself to HIV (for example, sexual contact without using a condom) you can visit:

In Doncaster there is a local support group which runs twice a month called HIVe for contact details click here.

You can find more information about HIV on NHS Choices

To request additional support around living with HIV from Doncaster Council you can contact their dedicated team by calling Kelly Skipp - Wellbeing Officer on 01302 862149.

Contraception

There are many different types of contraception available. Condoms are the only form of contraception that can protect you from both unplanned pregnancy and STIs, including HIV. There are advantages and disadvantages to each type so it's important to choose one that best suits your relationship and lifestyle. Your GP will be able to advise you on the different types of contraception. You can also access information on the different types of contraception via the  Family Planning Association website.


You can get all types of contraception at:

Emergency contraception 

If you have had unprotected sex or your contraception method has failed, you can obtain emergency contraception (also known as the 'morning after pill') free of charge from:

Last reviewed: 05/04/2017

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