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Sexual health information and services for young people

Unity Sexual Health

Unity Sexual Health is the name of the new specialist sexual health service covering South Gloucestershire, Bristol and North Somerset. Unity provide free STI testing and treatment, contraception and pregnancy advice as well as other services and information which can be found on their web site.

All Unity services are free, confidential (incl. for those under 16), non-judgmental and for people of all ages, genders and orientations.

Contraception

Free contraception is available through your GP or health Centre and information about this, as well as a contraception guide, can be found on the NHS Choices website.

The FPA (Family Planning Association) website contains detailed information and advice about contraception options and PDF leaflet, explaining the different contraceptive methods is also available to download from this site.

C.Card Scheme

The C.Card scheme is a confidential service designed to enable those aged 13 to 19 to get access to free condoms, sexual health advice and signposting or referral to additional sexual health services. You first need to register for a c.card which involves a consultation with a trained worker and will include learning how to use condoms safely.

The C.Card scheme is available through:

  • Your school health drop-in clinic
  • The Brook outreach drop-in clinic (Patchway, Abbeywood & Marlwood)
  • Hanham Woods Academy
  • Brimsham Green
  • SBL Academy
  • Bradley Stoke Community School
  • SGS College (all sites)
  • Your FYPS worker
  • Youth Offending Team
  • Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service
  • Hanham Surgery
  • Oldland Surgery
  • Stoke Gifford Medical Centre
  • Conygre Medical Centre

Pharmacies

If you’ve had unprotected sex and need emergency contraception (the morning after pill) you can get this free from some pharmacies in South Gloucestershire as long as you are under 25 and the sex was less than 96 hours (4 days) ago.

To find your nearest pharmacy that can provide emergency contraception simply text the word PHARMACY followed by EHC and your full postcode to 80011 and you will receive a free message back listing the 3 nearest pharmacies to the postcode you entered.

If you had unprotected sex more than 4 days ago you should go to your GP or contact Unity sexual health as soon as possible as you may still be able to prevent the risk of unplanned pregnancy.

Some pharmacies are also able to provide; free Chlamydia test kits and Chlamydia treatment (only for patients referred by the Unity Chlamydia Screening Office).

At the doctors

All young people, including those under 16, have the right to a confidential appointment at their GP practice (the doctors).

Some young people feel nervous or worried about booking an appointment or seeing their doctor or a practice nurse on their own about things like; going on the pill, getting condoms or doing a pregnancy test. Most practices now offer online appointment booking. Some practices offer nurse-led clinics and a few even offer specific sexual health or contraception clinics. The best thing to do is check your surgery’s website. If you don’t feel able to go to your own doctor’s surgery, you can visit one of the Unity sexual health clinics, even if it is not in South Gloucestershire.

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