Sexual health is the ability to embrace and enjoy our sexuality throughout our lives. It is an important part of our physical and emotional health.
Sexual health self-assessment: How much do you know about having a safer sex life? Take the safer sex test and find out how much you know about contraception and sexually transmitted infections:Sexual health self-assessment (NHS Choices website, opens in a new window)
Contraception: There are 15 methods of contraception available on the NHS. For more information on them and also where to get them and how to decide which method suits you, see Contraception Guide (NHS Choices website, opens in a new window).
Sexual Transmitted Diseases (STI's): Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are passed from one person to another through unprotected sex or genital contact. For more information, see Sexually transmitted infections (STI's) (NHS Choices website, opens in a new window).
HIV: There is no cure for HIV, but there are treatments to enable most people with the virus to live a long and healthy life. AIDS is the final stage of HIV infection, when your body can no longer fight life-threatening infections. With early diagnosis and effective treatment, most people with HIV will not go on to develop AIDS. For more information, see HIV and AIDS (NHS Choices website, opens in a new window).
Sex and alcohol: Alcohol changes the way you act and affects your decision making. The more you drink, the less careful you are, and this can have serious consequences when it comes to sex and your personal safety. If you're planning to drink alcohol, visit NHS Choices (opens in a new window) for tips to keep safe.
If you have any questions or concerns around your sexual health please see your GP or visit your local sexual health clinic.
Find your local sexual health clinic
'Know Your Stuff'
In Worcestershire we have 'Know Your Stuff' which is a friendly and accessible sexual health care service. On the website there is information on where to find your local clinic, information on STI & HIV, contraception, relationships, your health/pregnancy and sexuality.
National Sexual Health Helpline
If you would like to talk to someone about a sexual health issue, you can call the national sexual health helpline free. Your call will be treated with sensitivity and in strict confidence. The Sexual Health Helpline is open from 9:00am to 8:00pm, Monday to Friday.
- telephone: 0300 123 7123