Sexual Health Services and support
Gateshead Sexual Health Service
The service provides contraception and sexual health screening/ testing, treatment and follow up. All forms of contraception, including long acting methods are available from the majority of clinics, with some clinics specifically for under 25’s.
Visit the Gateshead Sexual Health Service website for their latest time table of local clinics. Telephone number listed below.
Protect from STIs
Many people with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) do not get symptoms, so it's worth getting tested even if you feel fine. If you think you have an STI, the earlier you're tested, the sooner treatment can be given if it's needed.
Did you know...
- An STI can be passed from one person to another through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal and oral sex.
- STIs can pass between men and women, and from women to women and men to men.
- You don't need to have sex with lots of people to get an STI
- Many STIs are symptomless and, if left untreated, can cause long-term health problems
- STIs like gonorrhoea are becoming harder to treat or may not be treatable at all
- In 2017 56% of diagnoses of new STIs in Gateshead were in young people aged 15-24 years (compared to 50% in England).
For more information visit the Protect against STI's
HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a virus that damages the cells in your immune system and weakens your ability to fight everyday infections and disease.
The only way to know whether you have HIV is to get tested.
The spread of HIV and other STIs would be reduced if everyone took a test every time they changed their sexual partner. Early diagnosis and treatment would prevent the infection from being passed on as often.
Self-sampling HIV test kits are available in certain areas of England
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AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) is the name used to describe a number of potentially life-threatening infections and illnesses that happen when your immune system has been severely damaged by the HIV virus.
Looped in: Looped in is created and run by NAT (National AIDS Trust). It allows users to create custom webpages that can be shared with others to support conversations about HIV. Visit the Looped in Website
5 HIV Facts: Easy read document with facts of HIV. Download the PDF document here