Sexual health is more than birth control and protecting yourself from sexually transmitted diseases – it's about making positive choices for both you and your partner.
Understanding sexual health
According to the Health Protection Agency, more than a third of new cases of sexually transmitted infections (STI) are in young people aged 16 to 24. As students are within this high-risk group it is important to understand student sexual health. You may find the sexual health self-assessment tool helpful in finding out if you are putting your health at risk.
Whether you’re single or in a new relationship, the message is clear: if you’re sexually active, the best way to reduce the likelihood of getting an STI is to always use contraception.
Find out about the different types of contraception available.
Sexually transmitted infection (STI)
Anyone who has sex can be at risk of catching an STI. Up to 70% of women and 50% of men who have an STI don't show any symptoms, and there are serious consequences if infections are left untreated.
If you think that you have an STI, don't panic. Go to your doctors' surgery, the University Health Centre or local sexual health clinic and get tested, and treated if required. You can find out more about symptoms and types of STIs on the NHS website.
If you have any concerns or would like to talk things through further, plenty of support and help is available at the University Health Centre on Frenchay Campus. Some of the services available are:
- Chlamydia screening (by appointment or drop-in available) and other STI testing
- Contraception, including the pill, condoms, emergency contraception, implants, coils and injections
- Emergency contraception
- Pregnancy testing.
There is further support available for victims of sexual violence or abuse.
Information and support – helpful links
- Brook confidential sexual health advice
- NHS Sexual Health Services in Bristol
- CareConfidential – pregnancy and abortion counseling
- Relationship problems? Try confidential support from the Wellbeing Service
- Contact the Health Centre