Sexual health

Sexually Transmitted Infections

It's important to get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) even if you don't have symptoms, as many STIs don't show symptoms. Testing early allows for prompt treatment if 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.

Most STIs can be cured with antibiotics, while others like HIV can be managed to prevent complications. You can't determine if someone has an infection just by looking at them. It's crucial to get tested if you've had unprotected sex or believe you're at risk.


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.


To explore various contraception options and find the one that suits you best, visit the contraception choices website here. You can also view contraceptive options on the Spectrum website. Additionally, the Spectrum website provides comprehensive information, including details about the C-card scheme. This scheme offers free condoms to Wakefield District residents aged 16-25.

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 residents can also order a free self-testing kit online by visiting the SH.UK website here

Wakefield Integrated Sexual Health Services (WISHS)

Spectrum Community Health CIC delivers Wakefield Integrated Sexual Health Services (WISHS).

The type of support on offer includes:

  • access to pre-booked appointments
  • a main hub at Trinity Walk in Wakefield city centre and youth outreach clinics across the district alongside the Sexual Health Prevention and Outreach Service.
  • online and telephone booking system - call 0800 121 4860 or access
  • local and national campaigns
  • free testing and treatment for STIs
  • a wide range of contraception options
  • guidance on preventing unplanned pregnancy

Sexual Health Prevention and Outreach (including HIV Support)

The Sexual Health Prevention and Outreach Service, in collaboration with Spectrum Community Health CIC and BHA for Equality, offers education and awareness programs to promote sexual and reproductive health. Their services focus on prevention and support to improve overall well-being.

The type of support on offer includes:

  • local and national sexual health promotion campaigns
  • vulnerable group outreach
  • Relationships and Sex Education Advice in schools and colleges
  • Child Sexual Awareness Coercion and Prevention
  •  HIV Prevention Services (delivered by BHA Wakefield)
  • Support for People Living with HIV (delivered by BHA Wakefield)

Contact us:

Spectrum Sexual Health 

Telephone: 0800 121 4860



Twitter: @spectrumcicsh


TikTok: @spectrumcicsh 

BHA Wakefield – HIV Prevention and Support


Telephone: 07770 549554


Twitter: @BHAWakefield


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