Sexual Health and BBV Key Messages – Young People

  • Protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy: Use a condom for vaginal, anal and oral sex.
    A list of free condom providers is available at www.nhsgrampian.org/sexualhealth/Sexual Health and BBV Image
  • Avoid unintended pregnancy: use a condom plus another suitable form of contraception. Speak to your GP or sexual health services to decide which type is best for you.
  • Emergency contraception is available if you have had unprotected sex. Speak to your GP, NHS Grampian sexual health services (0345 337 9900), pharmacy or local community hospital.
    After 5pm and at weekends you can get advice by contacting NHS 24 on Tel: 111Sexual Health and Blood Borne Viruses Image
  • 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. Phone 0345 337 9900 or visit www.nhsgrampian.org/sexualhealth/
  • 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.
    For more information contact www.nhsgrampian.org/sexualhealth/
    A list of Injecting equipment providers in Grampian is available here: Needle Exchange Services in Grampian
    And for information and support: http://www.drugsaction.co.uk
  • Stay in control.
    Alcohol and drugs can affect your ability to make decisions, and lead to you putting yourself at risk of unintended pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections and blood borne viruses. Help is available at:
    http://www.drugsaction.co.uk

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