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Sexual Health

In Southend-on-Sea you are able to access friendly, confidential and free sexual health services. This includes contraception and testing for sexually transmitted infections as well as services provided at GP surgeries and community pharmacists.

What services are available?

The SHORE (Sexual Health, Outreach, Reproduction (and) Education) Integrated Sexual Health Service is delivered by South Essex Partnership Trust (SEPT), Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and BROOK Young People’s Sexual Health Charity. 

SHORE provides the following services:

  • Testing and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV
  • All contraceptive methods including barrier protection
  • Emergency contraception
  • Pregnancy testing
  • Quick check sexually transmitted infection screening (Testing for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis and HIV)
  • Screening for Hepatitis A,B & C
  • Advice, support and reassurance on a range of contraceptive and sexual health matters

To find out more about the full range of services available please telephone 01702 456899 or visit KWC website.

RU Clear Chlamydia Screening Programme

RU Clear is Southends Chlamydia Screening Programme for young people under 25.

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection and in most cases it has no obvious external symptoms.  If left undetected or untreated in can cause serious complications in later life.

RU Clear offers a free, simple and painless chlamydia test.

To find out more about the testing opportunities and the range of services available please telephone 01702 456899 or visit the ruclear website.

A free testing kit is also available to Southend residents from the freetest website.

Contraception Advisor

If you want to find your best option for contraception then visit the Contraception Advisor website.

This online website tool can help make your decision easier, providing detailed tailored suggestions about your most appropriate form of contraception.

Primary Care

A number of General Practice and Community Pharmacists in Southend provide some sexual health services, these include:

  • Chlamydia testing for under 25s
  • Chlamydia treatment
  • Contraception advice on all methods
  • Emergency contraception

Speak with your GP or local community pharmacist to see what services they provide.

HIV Home-Sampling Screening

If you are concerned about HIV you may be eligible to receive a free HIV home-sampling kit straight to your door. The test is small, discreet and easy to do. To find out if you are eligible to test visit the test HIV website.


Page last updated: 19/06/2017