Having an active sex life can lead to health benefits such as improving the condition of your heart, reducing stress and improving mental health. Being part of a happy, healthy relationship can also reduce depression and anxiety. Even just having a hug can reduce your blood pressure and improve your sense of well-being.

These pages provide information and advice on topics that we hear about in our clinics every day that are related to your sexual health and general well-being. We hope you find them useful.

Sex, Social Distancing and COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
social distancing

Sex, Social Distancing and COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Our professional society, the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) have released guidance today on sex and social […]

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Contraception during the COVID-19 pandemic
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Contraception during the COVID-19 pandemic

Updated 30.03.20 Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic we have had to significantly reduce the provision of routine […]

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Comment on COVID-19 from the British HIV Association (BHIVA)
British HIV Association

Comment on COVID-19 from the British HIV Association (BHIVA)

updated Wednesday 25 March 2020 The British HIV Association (BHIVA) and the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) have updated their 23 […]

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Coronavirus Covid 19

General Advice:

Anyone who has symptoms including a new continuous cough or high temperature should stay at home and self-isolate for 7 days from when your symptoms started. This action will help to protect others in our community whilst you are infectious.

Clear advice for people with early symptoms of coronavirus is available online at nhs.uk/coronavirus .

Advice from our service:

We have updated information on the provision of routine contraception during this pandemic here.

Information is now also available to advise on sexual contact during a time of social distancing here.

There is also specific advice on coronavirus available for People Living with HIV here, and for pregnant women here

How to access the service:

We have now implemented a telephone triage system for all of our clinics. This system will be in place for the duration of the this pandemic. Please contact our services to access this triage system. Our central telephone number is 0300 303 3989.

If you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus please do not attend the clinic.

Please be aware that we may have to cancel, rearrange or shut clinical services in response to changing clinical and staffing pressures created by the Coronavirus outbreak. 

Alternative provision:

If you are struggling to access sexual health services, alternatives may be available:

  • Emergency Contraception - at your local pharmacy - more info
  • Contraceptive pills - obtained from your GP or bought online - more info
  • Chlamydia and gonorrhoea screening - available online for under 25s only - more info
  • HIV postal testing - available to at-risk groups for a small fee -  more info
  • HIV PEPSE - available via A+E departments - more info