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Sexual Health

We provide a confidential, non-judgemental, quality service for students of all ages, cultures, genders and sexual orientation.

Make an appointment

Phone Student Health on Free phone 0800 479821 to book a 30 minute nurse appointment. Please advise reception that you need an appointment on the day if you have symptoms. Routine screening appointments (with no specific concerns or symptoms) may not be on the day.

All our nurses offer STI and cervical screening for anyone with a cervix and these are able to be done at the same visit.

In addition to this our team of sexual health nurses (Julie, Libby, Mel, Jo, Nicky) offer STI screening for everyone.

For anyone without a cervix, the test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea is a urine test. It is important that you do not pass urine for at least an hour before the appointment. If you are unsure, please do not pee and we can discuss at the appointment.

STI testing

Over recent years, there has been a rise in the number of sexually transmitted infections (STI’s). The most common STI seen at Student Health Services is chlamydia followed by genital warts and herpes.

The majority of STI’s are caused by micro-organisms such as bacteria or viruses. These infections can be passed between people engaging in intimate physical contact, such as non-penetrative genital contact, sharing sex toys, oral sex and sexual intercourse.

We are able to test for chlamydia and gonorrhoea, HIV, syphilis, hepatitis A, B and C. There are no screening tests available for genital warts (HPV) or genital herpes (HSV). These infections are common and do not always have symptoms.

With all STIs there are “window periods” in which the infection is incubating, and testing may not detect it. For chlamydia and gonorrhoea this is 14 days.

If you have had a recent episode of unprotected sex, and would like to be checked, please book an appointment for 2 weeks after the incident to rule out the risk of a false negative test. 

However, if you have symptoms (pain in urethra, discharge from penis, vagina or rectum, low tummy or rectal pain, bleeding with sex, pain with sex) then you should ask for an appointment the same day.

We offer blood tests to screen for HIV, syphilis and hepatitis B (and in some cases hepatitis A & C). The window period for routine screening for these blood borne infections is 3 months.  However if you are concerned that you may be at risk of one or more of these infections, please make an appointment to discuss options with one of the sexual health team

 Links that may be helpful (in addition to those on website under health advice>related health links

Sexual Health FAQ's/Advice

The person I had sex with a couple of weeks ago has chlamydia and says I need to go for treatment but I've got no symptoms so what's the point?
They are right. It is very important that you go for treatment even if you have no symptoms, because most people who have chlamydia have no symptoms. If you don't get treatment, then you may give this infection to others and you may develop symptoms if it is left untreated.
Chlamydia can be a very serious problem, particularly for women, who can develop infertility if it is not treated. Make an appointment at Student Health for treatment.

Do you think that it’s worth me having a check up at a clinic regularly...I last went two years ago but I've had about six or seven partners since then...??
Yes, a check up would be a really good idea. A lot of sexually transmitted infections cause no symptoms and as you already know having a check up is pretty straight forward. We would recommend a check after unprotected sex with a new person. It is best to leave it for two weeks after unless you have symptoms.

I had unprotected sex but I am on the pill so do I need to get a sexual health check?
Always be aware that every time you have unprotected sex you could be exposed to a sexually transmitted infection. If you are having sex with different people, the best way to protect yourself from most infections is by using a condom.

I had sex with a boy last night without a condom. Can you tell me where I can get emergency contraception? Can I get it today, because I don't want to leave it too late?
The sooner you access emergency contraception the more effective it will be. There are 2 forms of emergency contraception; the emergency contraceptive pill (ECP) and the post coital IUCD.
Which is most appropriate for you depends on several factors – including current contraception method, where you are in your cycle, your weight/BMI, how long ago the unprotected sex was…
If you are at risk of pregnancy, you are also at risk of STIs and we would recommend an STI check 2 weeks after any unprotected sex.

I was checking my testicles in the shower this morning and found a lump. Do I have cancer?
Firstly, good work for checking. We encourage everyone with testicles to check them regularly and the shower is a great place to do this, when your skin is warm.
There are lots of causes of swellings and lumps in testicles and many of these are normal. However, we would encourage anyone with pain, swelling or a change in their testicles to come in for a check.

I’m a guy who has sex with guys and girls and I’ve heard that there is something I can take to prevent HIV?
PrEP is a new medication that is available and funded for people who meet certain criteria. Check out the “Ending HIV” website and do the online quiz to see if you qualify. Check the website for a list of prescribing doctors. PrEP provides protection against HIV only, so condoms are still your best protection for all STIs.