This page contains resources for all ages and sexual preferences.
Information and Advice
It is a good idea to get tested, especially if you have recently changed partners or think you may have been exposed to an STI.
Many Sexual Health services now offer self-sampling kits for people who are not showing signs of a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) and would like a routine checkup at home.
You can take these samples yourself and send them to a lab to be tested. You will get the results back in a few days.
The UK Government website has put together some information about how STI Testing works.
Under 21? Free condoms are available across West Sussex
Condoms are offered for free to those aged 13-24 living in West Sussex by West Sussex Sexual Health through the Condom Distribution Scheme.
Before you request your first delivery, there are some things to be aware of:
You must provide your Full Name and West Sussex delivery address
Provide a valid mobile in case you need to be contacted about your order
Three month supply is provided, you will not be able to request more during this time.
Please request condoms for yourself only, if others would like to use the scheme they will need to request for themselves.
People under 16 requesting for the first time will receive a telephone call from a member of the West Sussex Sexual Health Team prior to condoms being sent, for a brief discussion.
A member of the sexual health team may contact people under 18 via their mobile number should there be any concerns regarding health or well-being.
Safe Condom Use
Condoms are the only method of contraception that protect against both pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, but they can only protect you effectively when used correctly.
Check the expiry date and make sure the packet has no tears, holes or other defects.
Use water-based lubricant
Keep condoms out of direct sunlight
Use oil-based lubricants such as baby oil or vaseline
Re-use a condom
Use more than one condom at once
Long Acting Reversible Contraception
There are lots of different methods of contraception to choose to suit your lifestyle and personal preferences, such as the Contraceptive Implant, Intrauterine Device (IUD) or Intrauterine System (IUS).
To give you a general idea of what type of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) may suit you, the FPA has put together a helpful guide. If you would like to discuss your options and work out the contraceptive options that would suit you best, please book an appointment with a GP.
What do when you have missed your pill..
It is important to take your contraceptive pill as directed by your clinician in order for it to work effectively.
If you have missed one or more of your pills or need more information relating to contraception, Sexwise is a great resource with information to help you compare different contraceptive options, offer advice about missed pills and general information about your sexual well-being.
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Last Updated 27/12/2023