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 Southend Sexual Health Service is delivered by Provide CIC & Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

The Southend Sexual Health Service provides the following services:

  • Testing and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections and HIV testing
  • 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 0300 303 2693 or visit the Southend Sexual Health 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 and provision
  • 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: 14/05/2019