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Your GP practice offers contraception and sexual health services and advice. But you don’t always have to go to your GP; pharmacies, specialised sexual health clinics and young people’s services can all offer advice and support.
If you are not sure which service is right for you, you can call NHS 111 who will be able to advise you. You can also search for a local sexual health service on the NHS Choices services finder. Or take a look at the Bradford and Airedale Sexual Health website.
Sexual health services cover a range of issues, including:
- contraception and sexually transmitted infections
- abortion services
- sexual problems
- sexual assault
If you visit a contraception and sexual health service (except your GP practice) you do not have to give your real name or tell staff who your GP is if you do not want to. All information regarding your visit will be treated in confidence and will not be shared with anyone outside of the sexual health service without your permission – including your GP practice. However, if healthcare professionals believe that you or another person is at risk of harm (such as physical or sexual abuse) they may contact another service. If this is the case, it will be discussed with you during your visit.
Locala offers a free and confidential contraception and sexual health service in a number of easy to access clinics across Bradford and Kirklees. A list of contraception and sexual health clinics in Bradford, visit the Locala website or call Locala on 030 3330 9500. You can also visit the Bradford and Airedale Sexual Health website for more information.
Locala clinics can offer advice and support on:
- pregnancy testing
- emergency contraception (morning after pill or coil)
- testing for sexually transmitted infections
- help and advice if you have an unplanned pregnancy
- full range of contraception
- cervical cytology (smear tests)
- safer sex advice
- free condoms
- chlamydia screening
If you would like more information about sexual health services, what they offer and what they can help with, visit the Bradford and Airedale Sexual Health website or contact Locala on 030 3330 9500.
For further information about contraceptive choices, visit the Family Planning Association website.