Contraception & sexual health
There are many ways to have an active and fulfilling sex life, but a number of these activities put you at risk of getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI).
In nearly every case, condoms will help to protect you against this risk. If a condom is not used, there's a risk of pregnancy and of getting or passing on STIs, including chlamydia, genital herpes, genital warts, gonorrhoea, HIV and syphilis.
Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed STI among under-25s and most people who have it don’t know they’ve got it. Untreated Chlamydia can lead to long term problems such as infertility, but testing is painless and treatment is simple.
*Find out more by visiting www.ruclear.co.uk
For more information on the types of sexual activity and the risks associated with them visit visit the NHS Livewell pages on the NHS choices website.
Contraception is free for most people in the UK, and with 15 methods to choose from, there’s sure to be one that suits you.
Contraceptive methods allow you to choose when and if you want to have a baby, but many don’t protect you from sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
Condoms help to protect against STIs and pregnancy, so whatever other method of contraception you're using to prevent pregnancy, use condoms as well to protect your and your partner’s health.
Contraceptive services are free and confidential, including to people under 16 as long as they are mature enough to understand the information and decisions involved.
For more information about contraception visit the NHS Livewell pages on the NHS choices website.
Young Person’s Advisory Service
YPAS (Young Person’s Advisory Service) offers free, friendly and confidential advice for young people up to the age of 20 years on a range of health and wellbeing issues, including contraceptive and sexual health advice, pregnancy testing and decision making support.
*YPAS can also offer the RU Clear? dual screen for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea for the under 25s, and access to the Condom Distribution Scheme.
By registering for a C-Card young people under the age of 20 can collect free condoms from distribution points across Bury’s youth centres, libraries, health centres, family planning clinics and Young Persons Advisory Service (YPAS) clinics.
With sites in Bury, Radcliffe and Whitefield, YPAS offers accessible services on a flexible basis.
Click here to visit the Contraception & Sexual Health Service page of Community Services Bury.