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Young people

Visiting a sexual health clinic

Young people can go to any contraceptive or sexual health service for confidential help, advice and treatment. However, there are some places which are just for young people which provide free condoms through the C-card scheme, pregnancy tests and in some cases, contraception and testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

All sexual health clinics should be welcoming and friendly to you, regardless of your age.

If you are under 18, or even under 16, your visit to your GP or to the sexual health clinic will be confidential, which means that nobody will be told that you have gone to the clinic. The doctor or nurse that you see will want to check that you are able to understand the information that you are being given and that you are able to make responsible decisions about your health.

The only time that your confidentiality may be broken is if you tell the doctor or nurse something that makes them seriously concerned about your safety or about the safety of someone else. If this is the case, where possible, they will discuss with you who they need to tell and why.

Speak out against abuse

Relationship abuse can happen to anyone. It involves more than physical violence, it can be when someone puts you down, threatens you or forces you to do something you don’t want to.

For more information aimed at young people, go to This is Abuse.

What is consent?

For more information about consenting to sex go to Checkconsent.com and watch the video.

Useful links

WARNING: Drugs and alcohol can affect your judgement when it comes to making decisions about sex. For more information, go to Drinkaware http://www.drinkaware.co.uk/

NHS Drinking website http://www.drinking.nhs.uk/