Sexual health

Sexual health is an important part of a person’s overall health and wellbeing

Poor sexual health can have a negative impact on a person’s overall health and wellbeing; for example, this includes sexually transmitted infections (STIs) - like chlamydia, which can lead to infertility - HIV and unplanned pregnancy.

In Doncaster, there are a number of initiatives that can help us achieve good sexual health for everybody. For example, working with educational systems to support and enhance relationship and sex education, and training the wider workforce in brief sexual health interventions. 

Other initiatives such as the distribution of free condoms through GPs and the provision of local community sexual health clinics ensure residents have access to quality advice and resources in order to maintain good sexual health.

In Doncaster you can access:

  • confidential advice about sex and relationships
  • all contraception methods, including condoms
  • emergency contraception
  • screening for sexually transmitted infections (STI) including Chlamydia and HIV
  • pregnancy testing and advice

These services are confidential and free of charge.

STI testing

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.

You can access STI testing in a number of places:

Find out more about sexually transmitted infections, symptoms and prevention by visiting the NHS Choices website.

HIV testing

HIV testing is a routine part of sexual health screens. The sooner HIV is diagnosed in an individual, the less damage the virus can do to the body. It also means the virus is less likely to be passed on.

If you think you may have exposed yourself to HIV (for example, had sexual contact without using a condom) speak to your GP or visit:

For more information on HIV testing visit the HIV Aware website.

For more information on HIV and AIDS prevention, visit the NHS Choices website.

Condom use

Condoms are the only form of contraception that can protect you from both unplanned pregnancy and STIs, including HIV.

You can get condoms free from:

Read more about how to correctly use a condom to prevent sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancy.

Contraception

There are many different types of contraception available. 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:

You can get all types of contraception at:

Your GP will also be able to offer some types of contraception. Speak to your GP about the types of contraception they can offer.

Emergency contraception (“the morning after pill”)

If you have had unprotected sex or your contraception method has failed, you can obtain emergency contraception free of charge from-

For lots more information and advice about relationships and sexual health please visit Respect Yourself Doncaster www.respectyourself.info/doncaster

Useful contacts:

Age 19 and over- TriHealth Doncaster Sexual Health Service

  • East Laith Gate House, East Laith Gate, Doncaster, DN1 1JE
  • for contraception call 01302 640040
  • For STI HIV call 01302 644555/644556

Age 18 and under- Project 3

  • East Laith Gate House, East Laith Gate, Doncaster, DN1 1JE
  • tel- 01302 640032

NHS 111 (previously NHS Direct)

  • Tel: 111 -the telephone advice line to call when you need medical help fast but it’s not an emergency

For NHS approved apps please visit our sexual health apps page

More information

For further information, please contact us:

Last updated: 17 November 2017 14:11:00