Taking care of your sexual health is really important.

Equal, respectful relationships and having access to services and information are an important part of sexual health. Sexual health risks include the risk of unplanned pregnancy and the risks of getting a sexually transmitted infection. You MAY take more risks when you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs so it’s important to be prepared. The free and confidential services below can help you take steps to reduce any risks and protect yourself and your partner.


Do you need emergency contraception?

If a method of contraception has failed or you have had unprotected sex, emergency support to prevent pregnancy is available free through your local sexual health service, walk-in centre, pharmacy or GP. It is important to seek help as soon as possible. Click below to find your nearest clinic or pharmacist who provides emergency contraception.

What does the sexual health service offer?

You can access:

  • Free condoms
  • All methods of contraception
  • Emergency contraception
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Abortion counselling
  • Pre-conceptual advice
  • Screening for Chlamydia / Gonorrhoea / HIV / Syphilis
  • Cervical Smear testing
  • Community GUM (Genito-urinary Medicine) clinic for treatment for any personal symptoms which concern you such as lumps, itching or discharge.
Teenage Health in Knowsley (THinK)

THinK Sexual Health Clinics (Teenage Health in Knowsley) are open to all young people aged 19 and under.

Our mainstream sessions can be accessed by any age group so if you do not feel comfortable attending a THinK session please come to one of our other sessions.

Please note that THinK clinics are unable to see people aged over 19. Click below for our opening times.

Protect Yourself

Other than abstinence, the best way to protect yourself from pregnancy and STIs is using a condom.

Smear tests

If you are over the age of 25 you need to have a smear test every three years at least. A smear test can help protect you from getting cervical cancer by identifying for treatment the early changes in the cervix which may eventually become cancerous. For more information speak to your GP or sexual health service.

Why talking sex is good

Communication is important in any sexual relationship. It lets you share your feelings, discuss contraception, sexual history and talk about anything that is worrying you.

Get yourself checked

Sexually transmitted infections, or STIs, are infections passed between people during sexual activity. Some have symptoms, but others have no symptoms and if left untreated can lead to more serious health problems, such as chronic pelvic pain and infections, ectopic pregnancy and infertility. If you have symptoms or you think you may be at risk, get yourself checked out at your GP or sexual health clinic.

You can also order an STI testing kit to be sent direct to your home address which will arrive in a plain envelope. It will contain everything you need to freepost your samples direct to the lab. Click here for more information.

Don't take risks

People can take more risks when under the influence of alcohol. It can lower your inhibitions, and you could end up doing something you’ll regret in the morning.

HIV

HIV is a blood borne virus that weakens the immune system. Early diagnosis enables better treatment outcomes and reduces the risk of onward infection. HIV treatment reduces the level of HIV to an undetectable viral load, significantly reducing the risk to a sexual partner.

In 2014 an estimated 103,700 people were living with HIV in the UK:

  • 67% male
  • 33% female
  • Over half are aged over 45
  • 1 in 6 are HIV positive but undiagnosed

Over 95% of people acquire HIV through sexual contact.

If you think you may have been at risk of contracting HIV it’s best to get checked as around 20% of the 100,000 people living with HIV remain undiagnosed. Visit your nearest sexual health clinic to get checked out or complete this online form to receive a simple test kit through the post.

Sahir House provides information & support to people living with, affected by or at risk of HIV. It also increases knowledge & reduces HIV stigma amongst the wider population.

If you want to know more about HIV, visit Knowsley Sexual Health Service website or contact: Sahir House, 2nd Floor, 151 Dale Street, L2 2AH 0151 237 3989. You can also email Sahir or visit their website

WANT MORE SUPPORT AND ADVICE?

For further advice and support or to find your nearest clinic call the sexual health service on 0151 244 3580 or click here.

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