What’s on the line? | Sexual Health Awareness Week

It’s important that everyone is able seek advice or help if they have any concerns about their Sexual health.

Essex Sexual Health Service runs a free confidential advice service to the people of Essex regardless of sex, age, ethnic origin and sexual orientation.

The clinics are run by a team of doctors, nurses and health advisers, offering the following services:

  • Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI’s/STD’s) in-clinic and on-line
  • HIV Testing (via ‘Test at Home’ feature)
  • Chlamydia screening
  • Pregnancy tests
  • All forms of contraception
  • Emergency contraception/morning after pill
  • General sex advice, counselling and support

You do not need a referral from your GP to attend this clinic, but you will need to make an appointment. You can do this by calling 0300 003 1212.

Free condoms for young people
The eC-Card scheme is a confidential service for young people providing access to FREE condoms from a network of distribution venues across Essex (excluding Southend).

To be eligible for the scheme users must be aged 16 to 24 at the date of registration and a resident of Essex (excluding Southend). The App is available for Android and Apple iOS.

There is a simple, secure registration process, users then watch three short videos and must complete a short quiz to test understanding of the key information covered. Once completed users can search for a convenient local distribution centre and collect their supply of free condoms when they visit with a quick scan of a QR Code.

If you would like further information about other health and care services in your area you can call, contact us on social media or call 0300 500 1895, text us on 07712 395 398 or email info@healthwatchessex.org.uk