What Services Do Sexual Health Clinics Provide?
Sexual health clinics provide a range of services including sexual health tests, which most people know about, but they also provide many other sexual health services which might not be so widely known about. Pearl Chemist Group can provide a guide to sexual health services in your area and also offer sexual health services in Wandsworth.
Most sexual health clinics offer a range of services including testing for STDs – Sexually Transmitted Diseases – which is the most common reason for people to use their services. However, they also offer sexual health advice and sexual health information on issues such as contraception and pregnancy. Not all clinics offer every service but a large sexual health clinic in London, for instance, would be expected to offer all of the following services:
- Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases – STDs
- Advice and information about sexual health
- Free condoms
- Contraception including emergency contraception
- Pregnancy testing
- HIV testing and counselling
- PEP – Post-exposure Prophylaxis – medication that can help prevent people from developing HIV if they have been exposed to it
- Advice on abortion services
- Hepatitis B vaccination
- Help and support for people who have been subject to a sexual assault
- Specialist referral
Sexual health clinics are sometimes referred to as GUM clinics which stands for Genitourinary Medicine or SRH services which means Sexual and Reproductive Health.
Who can use a sexual health clinic?
Not all clinics offer every service so it is important to check before you attend. Some have a daily drop-in service plus pre-booked appointments whereas some are by appointment only. Anyone can use a sexual health clinic and some clinics hold sessions for specific groups of people including young people, gay men and lesbians. There should also be facilities available for people with physical disabilities and learning difficulties. All services are free and completely confidential.
For up to date information and advice and accessible sexual health services in Wandsworth, Pearl Chemist Group provides sexual health tests and all the other services you need. We also offer a guide to sexual health services. There is more information available on our website. https://www.pearlchemistgroup.co.uk/