Sexual Health

Local services to support your sexual health.


Informed choices about your sexual health

Sexual health can have an impact on your physical, mental, emotional, and social wellbeing. That is why it is vital that everyone can make the right educated choices so they can protect themselves while fulfilling healthy relationships.


Sexual Health Clinics

The sexual health services in Portsmouth are based in St Mary’s Health Campus, where you can receive expert advice, diagnoses, medication, contraception, and support. You can expect a high level of service, dignity, and respect in a friendly environment.

The service offers ‘appointment only’ slots, and these cover all sexual needs from treatment of sexually transmitted infection (STIs) to advice about a new or existing form of contraception. This includes a clinic run specifically designed to meet the needs of young people (under 18) on Thursdays from 3pm.

Sexual health services in Hampshire and Portsmouth are now accessible through a single phone number: 03003002016

For opening days and times visit www.letstalkaboutitnhs.uk.


Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV services

If you would like to know how to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV, or want to access free and confidential testing and treatment, these can be accessed via the Let’s Talk About It service.

It’s important to remember that not all STIs have symptoms. If you’re worried about sexually transmitted infections, it’s best to get tested.

 


Contraception

Contraception is designed to protect you from pregnancy. There are many different methods of contraception, both Long-acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) or methods you use daily. It is important to find the right one for you, your sexual activity and lifestyle.

Long-acting Reversible Contraception (LARC)

LARC is contraception that does not depend on you remembering to take or use it to be effective and this allows you to ‘fit and forget’.

These include:

  • Injection
  • Implant
  • Coil

To find the best type of contraception for you, click here.

Repeat oral contraception – Portsmouth Pharmacy Pilot

10 pharmacies in Portsmouth are now taking part in the Pharmacy Oral Contraceptive Pilot which allows residents to get the next supply of their repeat contraceptive pill for free from a local pharmacy, at a time convenient for them.

To find a pharmacy near you click here.

Emergency Contraception

If you had unprotected sex or used contraception that may have failed, then you may need emergency contraception and you should access it as soon as possible (it should be taken within 5 days of unprotected sex for it to be effective, but the sooner it’s taken the more effective it will be).

Emergency contraception is available for free from:

  • Sexual health services
  • Pharmacies
  • GP Surgeries

If you are wanting Emergency Contraception, please visit www.letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk/pregnancy-worries/emergency-contraception/ or  call 03003002016.

Please note – emergency contraception should not be used as a regular method of contraception.


Other Services

Sexual Assault

The Treetops Centre is Portsmouth’s sexual assault referral centre, based in a discreet and secure location in Portsmouth. The team offer medical care, emotional and practical support to anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted. For more information visit: www.solent.nhs.uk/treetops

LGBT+

LGBT+ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans. Solent NHS Trust works with organisations to support this community. To find out more about these services go to: www.letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk/lesbian-gay-bisexual-trans-plus/

 

For more information on key partnerships and further sexual health services the NHS Solent Trust offer, go to: Other Services – Let’s Talk about It (letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk)