Did you know?
- There are half a million new sexually transmitted infection (STI) diagnoses each year, which means the risk of getting an infection is increasing. The risk of infection also increases with frequent partner change.
- Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed STI in the UK and for most it has no symptoms. If it’s untreated it can cause pelvic infection and infertility.
- In those that have been treated for Chlamydia there is a 60% chance that their partner will be positive too.
- A quarter of people with HIV in the UK are undiagnosed.
- Half of all STI diagnoses in the UK are young people under 25.
- 30% of women will have an abortion at some time in their lives.
- Long acting reversible contraception (LARC) methods such as the contraceptive implant or contraception coil have lower failure rates.
Sexual health incorporates advice and services for:
- sexually transmitted infections including HIV.
Local contraception and sexual health clinics
Exeter, East, North and Mid Devon – provided by Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust
South Devon – provided by South Devon Healthcare NHS Trust
West Devon – provided by Plymouth Community Healthcare Trust and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust
Many GP practices offer a full range of contraception (including the contraceptive coil and contraceptive implant) as well as chlamydia screening for young people. Find your local GP practice here.
Support for people affected by HIV
The Eddystone Trust is an independent organisation providing information and support for anyone affected by HIV across the South West. Some services also relate to wider sexual health.
Further services for young people
Young people can also get sexual health information, advice and services from:
- pharmacies many offer free emergency hormonal contraception to young women aged 13-24 and chlamydia screening for young men and women
- local minor injury units – some offer emergency contraception, please telephone first
- further education (FE) colleges – nurses offer confidential sexual health drop-ins and can provide free condoms, pregnancy testing, chlamydia screening and emergency contraception
- schools – many secondary schools offer confidential sexual health drop-ins and nurses can provide free condoms, pregnancy testing, chlamydia screening and emergency contraception
- youth services – staff provide confidential information and advice and many services provide free condoms, pregnancy testing and chlamydia screening. Visit www.devonyouthservice.org.uk or www.youngdevon.org
- online – there is lots of contradictory information on the internet but sites like RSE and BISH provide clear, sensible information for young people and for parents.