Sexual health is an important part of our overall health and wellbeing. It can also be affected by a wide range of factors such as age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, beliefs and lifestyles.
Sexual health can be improved through practicing safer sex, using services and support on offer, and keeping up-to-date on sexual risk reduction.
Sex without using a condom puts you at greater risk of unplanned pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STI). It also means using condoms correctly every time you have sex, and having the confidence to say no.
For advice on using condoms properly see the family planning association's booklet on condoms. If you have concerns see a list of websites below and also details on local specialist sexual health services, or ask your GP or health professional:
- New one-stop-shop for sexual and reproductive health services in Harrow, Brent and Ealing.
- For local specialist sexual health and contraception services see Northwest London sexual health and contraception services.
Other sources of information
- National Sexual Health Helpline: talk about your sexual health concerns on 0300 123 7123 - free confidential helpline open 9am to 8pm Monday to Friday.
- The family planning association (FPA): Useful information and advice on a wide range of topics for everyone, with special sections for young people, parents and professionals.
- Brook advisory service: Brook offers free, confidential advice and information specifically for young people aged under 25.
- Education for choice (EFC): Information for young people to make an informed choice about abortion.
- Thinkuknow: Help and advice for keeping safe online.
- NHS Choices www.nhs.uk/livewell/sexualhealth.
Relationship and sexual health education for young people with learning disabilities
Support services for people living with HIV
- Living well: Health and wellbeing services to help people overcome challenges of living with HIV. This includes counselling, life coaching, self management programmes and positive mental health and wellbeing groups. Living Well also offer training programmes for health providers.
- Positively UK: peer-led emotional and practical support to people living with HIV in Ealing. Specialist one-to-one and group support for heterosexual men and women, gay men, the African community, young people and people aged 50 or more is available.