Sexual Health

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Sex is an important part of people’s lives and relationships. Therefore, it’s important that everyone is able to talk about sex and seek advice or help if they have any concerns.

Sexual health is all about enjoying the sexual activity you want without risking causing yourself or anyone else any suffering or harm. It is also about using contraception and avoiding sexually transmitted infections (STIs) - which are on the rise.

Making positive choices about contraception and sexual health is important, not just for your physical health but also for your general wellbeing.

Essex Sexual Health Service

Essex Sexual Health Service LogoThe Essex Sexual Health Service provides a free, confidential , non-judgemental service available to the people of Essex regardless of sex, age, ethnic origin and sexual orientation. The expertise of staff means everyone can expect appropriate, effective advice and care to benefit their sexual health.

Clinics are run by a team of doctors, nurses and support workers and offer the following services:

  • Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI's/STD's)
  • Free condom supplies
  • Pregnancy tests
  • All forms of contraception
  • Emergency contraception/morning after pill
  • General sex advice, counselling and support
The service can be accessed without a GP referral across a number of venues in Essex. All clinics are by appointment only and can be booked but calling the intellgeince centreon 0300 003 1212.

A discreet 'test at home' service is available 24 hours a day via SH:24 and offers STI testing for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis & HIV. Order your kit. 

Free condoms for young people

The E-C-Card scheme is a confidential service for young people providing access to FREE condoms from a network of distribution venues across Essex (excluding Southend). 

To be eligible for the scheme users must be aged 16 to 24 at the date of registration and a resident of Essex (excluding Southend). The App is available for Android and Apple iOS.

Following a simple, secure registration process users view three short videos and must complete a short quiz that tests understanding of the key information covered. Once completed users can search for a convenient distribution venue and collect their supply of free condoms when they visit with a quick scan of a QR Code.

Young people without access to a suitable smartphone or who would prefer to speak to a memner of the Essex Sexual Service can book an appointment by calling 0300 003 1212.

Please note: Sexual health services across Essex are commissioned by Essex County Council