Sex is an important part of people’s lives and relationships. Therefore, it’s important that everyone is able to talk about sex and seek advice or help if they have any concerns.
Sexual health is all about enjoying the sexual activity you want without risking causing yourself or anyone else any suffering or harm. It is also about using contraception and avoiding sexually transmitted infections (STIs) - which are on the rise. Making positive choices about contraception and sexual health is important, not just for your physical health but also for your general wellbeing.
Essex Sexual Health Service
On 1 April 2016 Provide took responsibility for the delivery of a new Essex Sexual Health Service. The Essex Sexual Health Service provides a free, confidential, non-judgemental service available to the people of Essex regardless of sex, age, ethnic origin and sexual orientation. The expertise of staff means everyone can expect appropriate, effective advice and care to benefit their sexual health. Clinics are run by a team of doctors, nurses, support workers and offer the following services: Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs) in-clinic and on-line.
- Free condom supplies
- Pregnancy tests
- All forms of contraception
- Emergency contraception/morning after pill
- General sex advice, counselling and support.
The service can be accessed without a GP referral and is open between 8am - 8pm, Monday – Saturday. Clinics are held at different times and across a range of venues with both walk-in and appointment options are available.
On 1 August 2018 they launched the eC-Card app which allows young people aged 16-24 quick, discreet and free access to condoms. The app is available on Android and Apple iOS and users register, watch a video and complete a short quiz. They will then be able to search for their nearest venue and collect a supply of free condoms.