You can get sexual health advice, screening, testing and treatment – as well as support for your contraceptive needs – from Thurrock Sexual Health Service.
All these services are available at your local sexual health clinic – sometimes called a genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinic. You can go to a sexual health clinic whatever your age, gender and sexual orientation. It doesn't matter whether you have any symptoms.
NHS sexual health clinics in Thurrock are run by a social enterprise organisation called Provide.
Go to the Thurrock Sexual Health Service website for more information.
Sexually transmitted infections
The sexual health screening service can test for sexual transmitted infections (STIs) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). These include chlamydia, gonorrhoea, genital warts and herpes as well as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
You should use this service if you think you may have a sexually transmitted infection or disease.
If you're not sure, you can ask your GP for a simple test and to be referred to the sexual health service. If you are quite certain you have an STI or STD you can contact the screening service directly at the Anthony Wisdom Centre for Sexual Health.
Condoms are one of the most effective methods of protection against STIs – including HIV infection – when used properly and consistently. #wrapitupThurrock
Support for young people
If you're under 16, the support at sexual health clinics is still confidential, meaning the clinic won't tell your parents.
You might feel embarrassed, but there's no need – the staff at these clinics are used to testing for all kinds of infections. It's their job and they won't judge you. They will do their best to explain everything to you and make you feel at ease.
They might need to tell other healthcare services if they think you or another young person is at risk of harm, but they will talk to you before they do this.
Condoms are available for free if you're under the age of 25 and have a C-Card.
Other sexual health services
Other sexual health services include:
- emergency contraception up to 72 hours after unprotected sex
- advice on most forms of contraception
- deep implant removal
- pregnancy tests
- advice on safe sex and risk taking behaviour
- sexual health education
- screening and vaccination for Hepatitis B
- partner notification – if a partner needs to be contacted for testing
- psychosexual counselling – speaking to someone about sexual issues