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Sexual health

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.

GP Practices

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.

Pharmacies

Most pharmacies provide free Emergency Hormone Contraception (EHC) and also screen for chlamydia for those aged under 25.

Specialist Sexual Health Services

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.

iCaSH Suffolk is the new name for contraception and sexual health services which operate a number of different clinics across the county.

There is a single local rate phone number to call and book appointments to access iCaSH services in Suffolk:

0300 123 3650

For more information on the services iCaSH provide in Suffolk you can visit their website here.

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 here.

HIV Home Testing

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.

Further Information

• NHS Choices Sexually Transmitted Infections
• NHS Livewell Sexually Transmitted Infections
• NHS Choices Contraception Guide
• NHS Choices What is Contraception?
• My Contraception Tool
• Terrence Higgins Trust
• Rise Above

Did you know that anyone can access specialist sexual health services anywhere in the country as they operate an open access policy?

 

Did you know that anyone can access specialist sexual health services anywhere in the country as they operate an open access policy?

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