Sexual Health and Relationships
Advice, support and treatment is available to all young people throughout the UK. Within your local area there will be clinics where you can access confidential advice and support. Please visit Let's Talk About It to see what services are running in you area and at what times.
Did you know many youth clubs will offer a sexual health service? This may involve advice and support, condom distribution, pregnancy testing and Chlamydia testing. Please note: All services are confidential unless you disclose you are at risk. If this happens the service has to report the disclosure.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) groups have been commissioned by Hampshire and are running in many towns. Find out how to get in touch with these services in your area.
HIV and other STI’s:
Sexually transmitted infections (STI) are mainly passed from one person to another during sexual contact. There are at least 25 different sexually transmitted diseases with a range of different symptoms.
Individuals who are infected with STI's are more likely to get HIV than uninfected individuals, if they are exposed to the virus through sexual contact.
HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. It is a virus which attacks the body’s immune system. Within the UK there are many people living with the virus. It is important to wear a condom especially with partners you do not know and are unsure if they have been STI screened. If you would like to be tested for HIV and other STI’s please visit your local clinic. This information can be found on the Lets Talk about It website above.
If you are living with HIV or know someone how is and you would like help and support. Please contact your local clinic, doctor and they will be able to sign post you onto organisations which will be able to support you.
Pozitude has been designed by young people for young people, who are HIV positive.
Peer pressure is feeling like you have to do something just because all your friends are doing it. It's OK to say no and make your own choices. Did you know many young people face the challenges of peer pressure. Examples of this can be feeling like you have to:
- Wear the same clothes as your mates
- Drink alcohol, smoke or take drugs
- Change your friends because your other mates don't like them
- Bunk off school
- Have a boyfriend or girlfriend
- Start having sex.
Just remember real friends will not try and change you, they will accept you for who you are, they will not ask you to do things you are not comfortable with. If you feel the pressure of your peers please tell someone. Talking can always help.