Self Help for Sexual Health
1.Think you might be pregnant?
You can buy a home pregnancy testing kit which will give an accurate result after three weeks following unprotected sexual intercourse. If you wish to continue with the pregnancy, please contact your local hospital’s ante- natal department to book in. If you do not wish to continue the pregnancy, please contact the British Pregnancy Advisory Service on 03457 30 40 30 to book an appointment. All this information can be found by following this link to our website page. https://www.seftonsexualhealth.nhs.uk/other-info/pregnancy/
2. Asymptomatic Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
You can order a self-testing kit to be sent to your home by following this link on our website
As from 5th June 2020 PHE are providing free home sampling kits for HIV for anyone who thinks they may have been at risk for contracting HIV pre-COVID lockdown. To order your test please go to https://Freetesting.HIV.
If it is not urgent please wait until routine sexual health clinic services resume as we expect there will be delays due to additional pressure on laboratories. Additional information on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) can be found on our website https://www.seftonsexualhealth.nhs.uk/other-info/stis/
3. Think you have developed thrush (candida) or bacterial vaginosis (BV)?
The treatments for both these conditions can be bought over the counter at your local pharmacy. For additional information on symptoms and treatments please follow this link on our webpage. https://www.seftonsexualhealth.nhs.uk/other-info/stis/thrush-bacterial-vaginosis/
4.Contraception running low?
If you have less than a month’s supply of your usual contraceptive method or you are a month away from your method’s expiry date, please call our Single Point of Access on 01695 656550 to speak to a member of our team. advice-for-women-seeking-contraception-and-srh-during-covid-by-fsrh
5.Making sex safer
If you are going to have sex, you can reduce the harm to yourself and your partners.
- Condoms and dental dams can reduce contact with sperm (“cum”), saliva (“spit”) and faeces (“poo”), especially during oral and anal sex.
- Kissing passes on COVID-19. Avoid kissing anyone who is not part of your household .
- Rimming (mouth on anus) is very likely to spread COVID-194 as the virus in faeces can enter your mouth so you should avoid it during this time.
- Washing before and after sex is essential. Wash your hands and sex toys with soap and warm water. Do not share sex toys during this time.