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Sexual health and contraception

Information for young people in Calderdale about sexual health, pregnancy and more.

There are a number of sexual health clinics in Calderdale. These offer free confidential advice and support around:

  • Contraception.
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs).
  • If you want to become pregnant.
  • If you are pregnant and unsure what to do.
  • Abortion.
  • Sexual problems.
  • Sexual assault.

Are worried about your sexual health or just have some questions? You can talk to your doctor or make an appointment at your local contraception and sexual health clinic.

Sexual health clinics

For help and advice about your sexual health or to attend a clinic:

Attend a clinic

Testing for Chlamydia

One in ten under 25s tested for Chlamydia do have the disease. It is a bacteria that affects the sexual organs and is a sexually transmitted infection (STI).

Most people do not have any signs or symptoms, so may not know that they have it.

What is the Chlamydia Screening Programme?

It is a national screening programme set up by the Government. It is to encourage young people to have a Chlamydia test and to get treatment if they need it.

These free tests are for anyone under 25 years old. All you need to do is give a simple urine sample.

To ask for your free test or for more details, visit: Chlamydia Screening Programme.

Information and support for young people

You can also visit the Young People's Drop-in clinics in Calderdale:

  • Broad Street Plaza.
  • Brighouse Health Centre.
  • Todmorden Health Centre.

Teenage Pregnancy

The only way to know if you are pregnant is to take a test. These can be bought from supermarkets and chemists or done free of charge by your GP.

Do you have a risk of unintended pregnancy and have you had sex within the last 5 days? You can still take emergency contraception to help prevent the conception and the sooner you take this the better. You can go to:

  • Pharmacy (phone in advance to check your local pharmacy provides this service).
  • Your GP.
  • Visit: Sexual Health (NHS).

Sexual Health Service.

Useful links

C-Card scheme. This offers:

  • Support and advice about sexual health.
  • Condoms and other products.
  • Chlamydia screening.
  • Pregnancy testing (selected sites).

You can access the service wherever you see the Calderdale C-Card symbol.

Condoms. In Calderdale, you can:

  • Buy condoms over the counter in most large shops.
  • Get them free at certain services and the sexual health service.

For free condoms by post, visit: Condoms By Post (NHS).

Sex and young people. Information and support from NHS Choices. This about contraception, alcohol and sex, pregnancy testing, sexuality and peer pressure for young people.

Sex: worth talking about. Why it is important to talk about sex. Also, information and support on sexual health, sexually transmitted diseases (STIs) and contraception (NHS Choices).

NHS Choice: Sexual health. Information and support on sexual health for all ages, which covers contraception, STIs, pregnancy and sexuality.

Brook. A registered charity that gives information, guidance and support to young people on sexual health and sex. They also have a free and discreet helpline for under 25s, phone: 0808 802 1234.

Family Planning Association. A registered charity that has information and advice on sexual health, sex and relationships for everyone in the UK.

For more about Sexual Health Services in Calderdale or the Public Health Commission, please contact Kate Horne:

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