Sexual health

Where can I get tested for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)?

Due to coronavirus, our sexual health clinics are currently offering a reduced service. You can still contact your clinic via telephone, text or email who can give you advice on STI testing and sexual health.

If you have symptoms then you may be offered an appointment and/or treatment with the sexual health clinic. If you do not have symptoms but think you may have a STI then it is likely you will be offered the option to have a STI postal kit sent to your home.

To order a free online HIV test visit https://freetesting.hiv/

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Many people with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) do not get symptoms, so it's worth getting tested even if you feel fine. If you think you have an STI, the earlier you're tested, the sooner treatment can be given if it's needed.  

An STI can be passed from one person to another through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal and oral sex.  STIs can pass between men and women, and from women to women and men to men.

Many STIs can be cured with antibiotics. Some, such as HIV, have no cure, but can be treated to prevent them getting worse.  You cannot tell by looking at someone (including yourself) whether they have an infection, so it's important to get a check-up if you have had unprotected sex or think you might be at risk.

Symptoms

Many people do not notice symptoms when they have an STI, including most women with chlamydia.  If it's left untreated, chlamydia can affect your ability to get pregnant. Gonorrhoea can also affect fertility. Around 50% of women and 10% of men with gonorrhoea do not have symptoms. Left untreated, STIs can affect your health. Some symptoms do not necessarily mean you have an STI, but it's worth seeing a doctor so you can find out what's causing the symptoms and get treatment.

Contraception

For information about different options of contraception available and which is right for you, visit contraception choices. There is also a range of information on the Spectrum website, including details of the C-card scheme which enables you to access condoms for free if you are 16-25 and live in Wakefield District.

Contraception is still available from Spectrum and your GP. If your preferred method of contraception is not currently available then you will be offered a suitable alternative for the short term.

If you would like more advice regarding contraception, abortion or other sexual and reproductive healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic, please click here for guidance from the Faculty for Sexual and Reproductive Health. 


Have safer sex

Always use condoms to help protect yourself from catching or passing on an STI. Buy condoms that have the CE mark or BSI kite mark on the packet. This means they have been tested to high safety standards. Condoms that do not have the CE mark or BSI kite mark will not meet these standards, so do not use them. 

Where can I get tested for STIs?

You can get tested at:

  • a sexual health clinic
  • some community contraceptive clinics
  • some GP surgeries
  • some pharmacies can also test for chlamydia

Wakefield Integrated Sexual Health Services (WISHS)

Wakefield Integrated Sexual Health Services (WISHS) are delivered by Spectrum Community Health CIC and provides free testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), access to a broad range of contraception, and advice on preventing unplanned pregnancy. 

The type of support on offer includes:

  • Access to pre-booked appointments and walk in clinics.

  • A main hub in Wakefield city centre and a number of youth outreach clinics across the district.

  • Online and telephone booking system.

  • Relationships and Sex Education Advice in schools and colleges.

  • Local and national campaigns.

Contact

Telephone: 0800 121 4860

Text: 07540325406 (for a call back)

Email: wakefield.sharp@spectrum-cic.nhs.uk

Twitter: @SpectrumSHARP

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpectrumSHARP/

HIV Prevention and Support 

Yorkshire Mesmac provide HIV Prevention and Support Services targeting individuals at increased vulnerability to the human immune deficiency virus (HIV) in the Wakefield District. The key groups at increased vulnerability to HIV include men who have sex with men (MSM), Black African communities, community sex workers and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) young people and adults. 

 

Mesmac work to tackle stigma associated with HIV in ways that reduces discrimination and raise awareness of STIs and HIV, routes of transmission, testing, treatment, Pre-Expose Prophylaxis (PREP), Post-Exposure Prophylaxis following Sexual Exposure (PEPSE), safer sex and locally accessible sexual health services. 

The type of support available includes:

  • Access to HIV Testing (and other STI testing) in a range of settings.

  • Access to timely treatment and management of STIs

  • Provision of free condoms, lubricants and other safer sex resources

  • 1-2-1 support

  • Advocacy for people living with HIV (their carers, partners or families) to facilitate access to services and other support services

Contact us:

Mesmac

For HIV support, sexual health advice and 1-2-1 from Yorkshire MESMAC in Wakefield ring Pat/Mark 01924 211 116 or 07955 005 113.

Twitter: @WakeyMesmac

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/YorkshireMESMAC/

Click here to visit Yorkshire MESMAC's webpage