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    Contraception is free for most people in the UK.

    Contraceptive methods protect against pregnancy.  Most methods of contraception won’t protect you against catching or passing on a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) .  Condoms are the only method that protect against both STIs and pregnancy.

     

    Accessing contraceptives and STI testing:

    • You can visit your local GP. If you do not yet have a GP you can find your nearest service on the NHS choices website.

    • The nearest genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic is located at Derriford hospital. All their tests and treatments are free. Call 01752 431124 for an appointment. Alternatively there you can access their walk in and wait clinic which runs Monday to Friday between 8:30am – 10:30am. Please click HERE to visit their website for further information. 

    • If you are 25 or under you can access The Zone for free sexual health advice, STI testing (via your SHiP) and contraception.  Please check the website for times these services are available or call 01752 206626.

     

    Types of STIs

    Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are passed from one person to another through unprotected sex or genital contact. Types of STIs include:

    • Chlamydia

    • Genital warts

    • Genital Herpes

    • Gonorrhoea

    • Syphilis

    • HIV

    • Trichomoniasis

    • Pubic lice

    • Scabies

    If you would like to know more about these STIs including symptoms and how they are treated please visit the NHS choices website.

    General guidance on sexual health can be found on the NHS website: http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/sexualhealthtopics/pages/sexual-health-hub.aspx  

     

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