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
On the 1st April 2016 Provide took responsibility for the delivery of a new Essex Sexual Health Service.
The 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) in-clinic and on-line
- 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, with both walk-in and appointment options available between 8am - 8pm, Monday – Saturday. Walk in centres can often be busy and spaces are limited so please arrive early and allow plenty of time for your visit.
For more information, please visit the Essex Sexual Health Service website or call 0300 003 1212.
Please note: Sexual health services in Essex are commissioned by Essex County Council