Sexual health clinics

Services at a sexual health clinic are free and open to everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or age.

Services may include:

  • emergency contraception
  • testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) such as chlamydia, and other infections such as thrush (candida)
  • HIV testing and counselling.

Urgent advice

If you've had unprotected sex, forgotten your Pill, or think you might be pregnant:

How can I attend a clinic?

Your doctor may refer you, or you can book an appointment directly with the clinic. Some clinics also have drop-in sessions where you do not need an appointment.

Any information you give is confidential. You may want to give the clinic a telephone number, if they need to contact you.

Advice for young people

Our special site for young people includes how to get free contraception, STI testing and advice for young parents:

Common myths, how to talk openly about sex or get a pregnancy test:

Rape and sexual assault

Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) are specialist medical and forensic services for anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted.

They aim to be one-stop service, providing the following under one roof: medical care and forensic examination following assault or rape and, in some locations, sexual health services. Medical Services are free of charge and provided to women, men, young people and children.

For information and to book an appointment, phone the SARC nearest to you:

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