Sexual health

Local sexual health service

You can access sexual health advice and services from a range of venues and settings.  

Pharmacies 

  • Chlamydia treatment and screening 
  • Condoms and emergency contraception. If you are between the ages of 13 -24 you can access these services for free 

Find your nearest pharmacy 

General Practices (GPs) 

  • Sexual health advice and chlamydia screening 
  • Contraception advice including Long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) 

Find a GP 

Sexual health clinics   

Find a Sexual Health clinic near you 

 

HIV and AIDS  

With an early diagnosis and effective treatment, most people with HIV won't develop any AIDS related illnesses.

People living with HIV on treatment can now experience the same life expectancy and health outcomes as those without the virus. With the right treatment, people living with HIV who take daily medication, cannot pass on the virus to their partners. 

Why should I test for HIV? 

  1. Testing is the only way you will know for certain if you have HIV. 
  2. Getting tested makes sure you get the treatment and support you need. 
  3. Testing can identify HIV early, meaning you can live a healthier longer life. 
  4. By testing, you can take steps to prevent yourself from passing HIV on. 

Living with HIV 

If you or anyone you know is affected by the virus, you can continue to lead a normal life and maintain your independence - though sometimes support may be needed. 

There is help locally available from the community HIV support service, provided by Positive East. It can offer support including one to one sessions via face to face or telephone, group sessions, prevention advice and engagement with people living with HIV. 

Visit Positive East website or contact 020 7791 2855. 

 

Sexual Transmitted Infections 

STI’s can affect anyone, so it is important to practice safe sex.  

How can I prevent myself from getting an STI? 

The most effective way to prevent yourself from getting an STI is by wearing a condom correctly. If you are between the ages of 13 -24 you can access condoms for free with a C-card at participating outlets. 

Visit Come Correct website to learn more about the C-card and participating outlets. 

If you are over 25, you may be eligible for condoms free of charge from certain outlets.  

Where can I get tested? 

If you think you might have an STI, including HIV or are at risk of having one, you can get tested at your sexual health clinic, GP or pharmacy. 

Visit the local sexual health services page 

Why should you get tested?

Testing can prevent you from getting serious health issues such as pelvic inflammatory disease, swollen or painful testicles, arthritis, infertility and even meningitis. 

When should I get tested?

You do not have to have symptoms to have an STI. You should test if you have: 

  • unprotected sex (including oral sex) 
  • started seeing someone new 
  • had a new partner within the last two months 
  • concerns that you might have an STI 

 

Contraceptives 

Contraception aims to prevent pregnancy. Contraception is free for most people in the UK. With 15 methods to choose from, you can find one that suits you best. Barrier methods such as condoms are a form of contraception that help to protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and pregnancy.    

Where can I get contraception from?

You can go to your GP or Integrated Sexual Health clinic to discuss your choices. 

Condoms

You should use condoms to protect both your sexual health and that of your partner, no matter what the other contraception you're using to prevent pregnancy. 

Find out more about contraception and what works for you

Contraception Myth buster

 

Abortion services 

Marie Stopes UK offers specialised treatment, advice and support for women considering abortion.

Call 0345 300 8090 to book a consultation appointment. The phone line is open 365 days a year. 

 

Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse can happen to anyone and involves unwanted sexual behaviours or sexual acts which is forced or coerced onto someone without their consent. 

If you feel you are at risk of sexual abuse or have been sexually abused, then there is various specialist support you can receive. 

If you are in immediate danger of sexual abuse right now, then please call 999. 

Specialist support

Redbridge's specialist Violence Against Women and Girls service 

This service gives support on all forms of sexual violence and sexual exploitation (including support to males). Contact 0800 169 7759 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) or email redbridgevawg@refuge.org.uk 

Visit Refuge website 

The East London Rape Crisis Service 

Free, confidential specialist help for women and girls who have been raped or experienced any other form of sexual violence. The service is for women of all ages including young women over the age of 14, whatever the assault and whenever it occurred.  

Visit Nia website or contact 0800 160 1036 

The Havens 

Specialist centres in London for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted in the past 12 months. This includes men, women, young people and children of all ages. The nearest centre to Redbridge is Whitechapel Haven, near to Royal London Hospital.  

Visit The Haven website or contact 0203 299 6900  

Survivors UK 

Support to male victims of sexual violation (both childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual assault/rape). This includes anyone aged 13+ who identifies as male, trans, non-binary, has identified as male in the past, or anyone who feels that this is the right fit for them. 

Visit Survivors UK or contact 0203 598 3898 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm) or email help@suvivorsuk.org 

 

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