The Young Hackney Health & Wellbeing Team are here to give advice on any health related issues including Sexual Health and Contraception. If you need support in other areas, such as mental health, bullying and a range of other subjects, they can put you in touch with someone who can help you. The Health & Wellbeing Team are at Forest Road on Monday evenings 5.00-7.00 and The Edge on Tuesday evenings 5.00-6.30.

Chlamydia:

Chlamydia is one of the most common STIs in the UK. Most people with chlamydia don’t notice any symptoms, and so don’t know they have it.

If you’re under 25 and are sexually active, it’s recommended that you get tested for chlamydia every year, or when you change sexual partner.

If you’re worried you might have chlamydia or another STI – or aren’t sure – there are lots of free and confidential ways to get tested, including through a simple home testing kit.

Getting tested means you – and your sexual partners – can access treatment quickly, if you need to. The quicker you access treatment, the less severe any symptoms are likely to be.

The best way to protect against STIs is to use a condom.

STIs and condoms:

We all have a responsibility for our own sexual health, and that of others. If you’re worried you might have an STI, or aren’t sure, there are lots of free and confidential ways to get tested, including through a simple home testing kit.

Getting tested means you – and any sexual partners – can access treatment quickly, if you need to. The quicker you access treatment, the less severe any symptoms are likely to be.

The best way to protect against STIs is to use a condom.

Contraception:

A range of contraception is free and available on the NHS. There are lots of different types of contraceptives to choose from, depending on you and your lifestyle. The NHS website has information to help you choose what might be best for you.

You can access free contraception, and contraception advice, from:

To find out more about local sexual health services, please visit www.hackney.gov.uk/sexual-health 

 HIV:

Many people with HIV don’t know they are infected. If you think you could have HIV, you should get tested as soon as possible.

Knowing that you have HIV means you can access effective treatment quickly. And accessing effective treatment quickly means that you can live a long and healthy life. It also means that the amount of HIV virus in your body is reduced to such a low level that it is “undetectable”, so it cannot be passed to others.

If you are in a group that is at higher risk of HIV, it’s recommended you get tested for HIV regularly.

The best way to protect against HIV and other STIs is to use a condom.

To find out more about how to access STI tests, please visit www.hackney.gov.uk/sexual-health

PrEP:

There are many effective ways to prevent or reduce your risk of HIV infection, for example by taking PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis).

If you’re HIV-negative you can take PrEP help to reduce your risk of getting the virus.

PrEP is available for people in groups that are particularly affected by HIV, including heterosexual men and women from Black communities, Trans people, and gay and bisexual men.

Speak to the local specialist sexual health service to see if you could benefit from PrEP: www.homerton.nhs.uk/sexual-health

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