Poor sexual health can have a negative impact on your overall health and wellbeing. For example, this includes sexually transmitted infections (STIs) - like chlamydia, which can lead to infertility, HIV and unplanned pregnancy
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.
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.
If you have had unprotected sex or your contraception method has failed, you can obtain emergency contraception (also known as the 'morning after pill') from your pharmacist.
Below are a number of organisations that can help you with your sexual health
For more information on sexual health visit the NHS Choices sexual health page, where you will find lots of advice and guidance on STI’s, contraception and maintaining good sexual health.
Conifer sexual health and reproductive healthcare service
If you are looking for advice regarding your sexual health, or the sexual health of someone you know, then Hull has a dedicated service were you can access advice, information and were appropriate make an appointment to discuss your sexual health with the right health professional.
Conifer Sexual and reprodcutive healthcare services is provided by City Health Care Partnerhip CIC. The main base or hub is located in Hull city centre, on the forth floor of The Wilberforce Health Centre (6-10 Story Street). There are also a number of other clinics available across the region.
Due to the wide range of services provided, no one will know why you are coming to the building if you are concerned about privacy
Conifer provides a friendly, professional, non-judgemental and confidential service throughout Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Visit the website using the link provided or alternatively You can telephone 01482 247 111 or text CONIFER to 61825 (normal network rates apply)
Public Health England
You can also access information and advice from Public Health England regarding your sexual health.
British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS)
Provides advice and support on contraception, abortion and sexual health you can visit their website using the link provided, alternativley you can telephone them using the helpline no: 03457 304 030 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Brook is the young people's sexual health charity for under-25s providing advice, support and information about your nearest sexual health clinic
The LGBT Helpline
Provides an information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men, bisexual and trans (transgender, transsexual, transvestite) people, visit the website via the link provided or alternatively you can telephone the helpline on 03003 300 630, open 10am to 11pm daily
Terrance Higgins Trust
Provides information, support and advice on HIV and sexual health visit the website using the link provided or alternativley you can telephone using the helpline no: 08088 021 221, open 10am to 8pm Monday to Friday.
Family Planning Association
Provides information so you can make positive choices about your own sexual health and wellbeing.