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.
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.
You can get condoms for free if you are between 16 and 24 years-old and join the eC-Card Scheme.
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