Sexual Health and BBV Key Messages – General Public

  • Protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy: Use a condom for vaginal and anal sex, and a condom or dental dam for oral sex.
    A list of free condom and dental dam providers is available at
  • Avoid unintended pregnancy: use a suitable form of contraception.Speak to your GP or sexual health clinic to decide which typeis best for you.
    Emergency contraception is available if you have had unprotected sex. Speak to your GP, family planning clinic, NHS Grampian sexual health services , pharmacy or local community hospital.Sexual Health and BBV Image
  • Protect yourself from blood borne viruses (HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C): These may be present in semen and vaginal fluid. Anal sex is particularly risky for transmission of these viruses. Use a condom.
    They are also present in blood – if you inject drugs (including steroids or tan enhancers) never share needles, water, syringes or other paraphernalia. Use fresh, clean equipment every time you inject.
    There is a vaccine available for Hepatitis B- if you think you may be at risk- for example if you are a man who has sex with men, or an injecting drug user, speak to your GP or sexual health services.A list of Injecting equipment providers in Grampian is available here: Needle Exchange Services in Grampian
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  • Get tested for sexually transmitted infections if you have had sex without using a condom.
    Free, confidential testing and treatment is available at NHS Grampian sexual health services.
  • Blood Borne viruses (Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV) can all be treated so that those infected can stay healthy.
    Treatment works best if the viruses are detected early, so if you have been at risk- get tested, and if you are infected get treatment.
  • Post Exposure Prophylaxis ( PEP) is available if you think you have been at risk of HIV infection.
    This treatment must be started as soon as possible and no longer than 72 hours after exposure to HIV. (for more information contact NHS Grampian Sexual Health Services  or 01224 553306 – A&E at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary)
  • Stay in control.
    Alcohol and drugs can affect your ability to make decisions, and lead to you putting yourself at risk of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections.
    A healthy sexual relationship should not involve fear or harm.
    Help is available at:
    Drugs Action- 01224 577120
    Aberdeen Cyrenians (Violence against women) -01224 625732
    Grampian Women’s Aid- 01224 593381
    Respect- men’s advice line for men who have experienced domestic abuse- 0808 801 0327
    A full list of other support available in Grampian can be found at:

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