Hampshire Health and Wellbeing

Public Health

Sexual Health

Hampshire County Council and the NHS commission a range of free and confidential services to improve the sexual health of people in Hampshire including services for:

  • sexually transmitted infection testing and treatment
  • contraception
  • emergency contraception
  • Chlamydia screening and treatment
  • pregnancy testing
  • free condoms
  • psychosexual counselling
  • unplanned pregnancy
  • vasectomy
  • HIV testing, treatment and care
  • targeted HIV prevention and sexual health promotion

How you can access help and advice

Information on local services is available at www.hants.gov.uk/getiton and www.letstalkaboutit.nhs.uk or by calling 0300 300 2016.

Objectives of the sexual health programme

The objectives of the programme are to:

  • reduce unintended conceptions and repeat terminations of pregnancy for women of all ages through the increased access to contraceptive services and provision and uptake of LARC
  • reduce the prevalence of chlamydia by targeting the National Chlamydia Screening Programme for 15-24 year olds to those at most risk and increasing the diagnostic rate
  • reduce the incidence of STIs by increased uptake of STI testing, vaccinations, treatment and partner notification
  • reduce the incidence and late diagnosis of HIV through targeted HIV prevention and testing
  • facilitate delivery of the above objectives through evidence based communications and social marketing
  • improve sexual health through the commissioning of integrated, accessible and high standard sexual health services

Why is this programme important for health and well being in Hampshire?

Sexual Health is an important aspect of most people’s lives and the consequence of poor sexual health can be serious.

Unintended pregnancies can have a significant impact on both the physical and mental health of women and their children as well as educational outcomes, social and economic well-being.

Left untreated, sexually transmitted infections can lead to a range of complications including infertility, disability, cancer and premature death.

Poor sexual health is not evenly distributed within the population. There is clear association with poverty and social exclusion and an unequal impact on young people, men who have sex with men and certain minority ethnic groups.