Sexual health and contraception
There are a number of sexual health clinics in Calderdale. They offer free, confidential advice and support on:
- Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
- if you want to become pregnant
- if you are pregnant and unsure what to do
- sexual problems
- sexual assault.
If you are worried about your sexual health, or just have some questions, you can talk to your doctor or make an appointment at your local contraception and sexual health clinic.
Sexual health clinics
The Sexual Health Service can be found at:
- Broad Street Plaza, 51 Northgate, Halifax HX1 1UB
- Brighouse Health Centre, Lawson Road, Brighouse HD6 1NY
- Todmorden Health Centre, Lower George Street, Todmorden OL14 5RN
- St Johns Health Centre, Lightowler Road, Halifax HX1 5NB.
- Beechwood Medical Centre, 60a Keighley Road, Ovenden, Halifax, HX2 8AL
For help and advice about your sexual health or to attend one of the clinics, please visit: Sexual Healthor telephone 01422 261370.
Testing for Chlamydia
One in ten of those under 25 tested for Chlamydia have the disease. Chlamydia is a bacteria that affects the sexual organs, and is a sexual transmitted infection (STI). The problem is that most people do not have any signs or symptoms, so you probably will not know you have it.
What is the Chlamydia Screening Programme?
The Government has set up a national screening programme to encourage young people to have a Chlamydia test, and to get treatment if they need it.
Free tests are available to everyone aged under 25 years old and all you need to do is give a simple urine sample. To request your free test or read more about it, please visit Chlamydia Screening Programme|
Information and support for young people
Information or support for young people can be found on the NHS Choices: Sex and young people|website, or you can call the Sexwise helpline on 0800 28 29 30.
You can also visit the Young People's Drop In clinics available in Calderdale:
- Broad Street Plaza: Mondays 3.00 pm to 5.00 pm and Saturdays 9.45 am to 12.45 pm
- Brighouse Health Centre: Tuesdays 3.30 pm to 4.45 pm
- Todmorden Health Centre: Tuesdays 3.45 pm to 4.45 pm
The only way to know if you’re pregnant is to take a test. A test can be bought from a supermarket or pharmacy or done free of charge by your GP.
If you have a risk of unintended pregnancy and you’ve had sex within the last 5 days, you can still take emergency contraception to help prevent the conception and the sooner you take this the better. You can go direct to a pharmacy (phone in advance to check your local pharmacy provides this service), see your GP or go to the Sexual health Service. Visit Sexual Healthto get this.
The C-Card scheme offers support and advice about sexual health, and offers condoms and other products to help support you. The scheme offers Chlamydia screening, and selected sites will also be able to offer pregnancy testing. You can access the service wherever you see the Calderdale C-Card symbol.
Condoms: In Calderdale you can buy condoms over the counter in most large shops. Condoms can also be obtained for free at certain services and the sexual health service. To obtain free condoms by post (details available soon).
Sex and young people|
This includes information and support for young people on contraception, alcohol and sex, pregnancy testing, sexuality, and peer pressure (provided by NHS Choices).
Sex: worth talking about|
Why it is important to talk about sex, plus information and support on sexual health, sexually transmitted diseases (STIs), and contraception (provided by NHS Choices).
NHS Choice: Sexual health|
Information and support on sexual health for all ages, including contraception, STIs, pregnancy and sexuality.
A registered charity which provides information, guidance and support for young people on sexual health and sex. They also provide a free and confidential helpline for under 25s - telephone 0808 802 1234.
Family Planning Association|
Family Planning Association (FPA) is a registered charity. They provide information and advice on sexual health, sex and relationships for everyone in the UK.
For further information on Sexual Health Services in Calderdale that Public Health commission, please contact:
Kate Horne by email at email@example.com or by telephone on 01422 266154