Sexual Health, Services and Covid-19
There are lots of guidelines in place about social distancing and Covid-19. These are designed to keep you and other people safe. If you don’t live with your partner, or the person you’re having sex with, it’s recommended that you don’t have any physical contact just now. Sexual activity involves close contact and, although there is no evidence so far that Covid-19 can be passed on through semen or vaginal fluids, it can be passed on through things like kissing or being very near to someone who has it.
However for some people, like those who live with a partner, sex might still be happening.
You may be wondering how to access sexual health services like contraception, condoms and STI testing over the next wee while. Services have been reduced, but there is a lot of work going on to see how these gaps can be filled. This will change on a regular (possibly daily) basis but you can find the most up to date information about local sexual health services HERE.
You can also access free condoms by post, CLICK HERE to find out more.
Emergency contraception can also be obtained from pharmacies, including Boots and Superdrug, and possibly your GP. Only contact your GP by phone, don’t call in. If you need emergency contraception you shouldn’t delay as it’s only effective for a short period of time after unprotected sex. You can read more about this HERE.
You can still call and chat to a worker at The Corner on 01382 206060, they may be able to offer some services on an appointment basis but the drop-in will be closed.
If you think you might have an STI, but don’t have symptoms, you may want to order a paid-for-home testing kit online from HERE. This involves a charge and may be age dependent. You can also find some good tips for looking after your sexual health at this time HERE.
Any updates will be posted as we have them, if you have any questions please ask us on the site or come and chat to a worker on our 121 service.