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June 25, 2024

‘Summer Vibes, Safe Times’ with Essex Sexual Health Service

It’s that much-awaited time of the year – Uni, college, and school have come to a close, and you’re out enjoying the summer weather with your friends and partners. Whether you’re chilling at home, out partying, or enjoying live music at festivals, it’s important to know that support is available to help you enjoy the sunny season while keeping your sexual health in check.

Staying Safe This Summer

Summer is all about fun and relaxation, but staying safe remains a top priority. You might be concerned about accessing sexual health services if you’re away from your usual environment. Don’t worry – Essex Sexual Health Service has got you covered with all the information and resources you need.

Contraception Support

Being away from school or college can make accessing contraception more challenging, but we’re here to help. Whether you need oral contraception, condoms, or emergency contraception, we’ve got you covered.

  • eC-Card Scheme: If you are 16-24, you can get FREE condoms through the eC-Card scheme. Learn more here.
  • Contraceptive Pill: This method of birth control uses synthetic hormones to prevent pregnancy. More info here.
  • Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC): These long-lasting methods include injections, IUDs, and implants. Details can be found here.

For support with any of these options, contact us at 0300 003 1212.

STI Support

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are common and can be passed between partners during unprotected sex. While you’re off from school, you might wonder where to get information and support for STIs.

  • Self-Testing Kits: Our FREE self-testing kits are quick and easy to use. Register on our online portal, request your kit, and get discreetly sent to your address. You’ll receive results in just a few days. Visit our portal here.

Accessing Support

Our online portal is a convenient way to book and manage appointments, order STI self-testing kits, and manage your personal information.

  • Free Condoms for Over 25s: If you are over 25 and living in Essex (excluding Southend), you can get free condoms through our online portal. These can be mailed discreetly or collected from a clinic.
  • eC-Card for 16-24: Younger people can access free condoms via the eC-Card app, available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

No matter where you are this summer, you can rely on Essex Sexual Health Service for all your sexual health needs.

How We Can Help

Even when school’s out, resources are available for free condoms, self-testing kits, and professional advice. Our wide range of services, offered across various clinics and retail pharmacies, ensure you have everything you need to stay safe and healthy this summer. If you are under 16, and have any concerns and need to speak to someone about sexual health, please feel free to contact us.

For more information, visit Essex Sexual Health Service and find your nearest clinic.

Stay safe, enjoy your summer, and remember that support is just a click or call away!

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