Your sexual and reproductive healthcare needs are supported by NHS Genito Urinary Medicine (GUM) services.
You can go to a sexual health clinic whether you are male or female, whatever age you are, regardless of whether or not you have sexually transmitted infection (STI) symptoms.
Go to the Thurrock sexual health and contraceptive service website for more information.
Sexually transmitted infection
Screening is given for STIs such as Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Genital Warts and Herpes as well as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
You should use this service if you think you have a sexually transmitted infection or disease.
If you think you may have an STI you can ask your GP for a simple test and to be referred to the GUM service. If you are quite certain you have an STI you can contact the GUM 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 at sexual health clinics is still confidential and 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 should 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 that 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 to under 25s with a C-Card.
GUM services include:
- safe sex and risk taking behaviour advice
- STI testing and treatment
- giving out free condoms to under 25s
- health education on sexual health and general health issues
- screening and vaccination for Hepatitis B
- HIV testing
- partner notification – if a partner needs to be contacted for testing
- psychosexual counselling – speaking to someone about sexual issues