You can order free Chlamydia home testing kits here. Please note that free test kits may only be available in some areas and for certain age groups.
What does the chlamydia test involve? The recommended tests for chlamydia are simple, painless and generally very reliable. They involve sending a sample of cells to a laboratory for analysis. You don't necessarily have to be examined by a doctor or nurse first and can often collect the sample yourself.
STI's (sexually transmitted infections)
STIs are infections that can be passed from one person to another through unprotected sex (sex without a condom). It is quick and simple to test for an STI, many STIs can be treated with antibiotics. It is a good idea to have an STI test after unprotected sex or when you change partners.
A woman can get pregnant if a man's sperm reaches one of her eggs (ova). Contraception tries to stop this happening by keeping the egg and sperm apart, or by stopping egg production, or by stopping the combined sperm and egg (fertilised egg) attaching to the lining of the womb. Contraception is free for most people in the UK.
If you live in Slough, Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Wokingham or West Berkshire you can order a free HIV self sampling kit.
FREE HIV testing is also available for adults living in Berkshire at your local Sexual Health Service. See the clinic finder to locate your nearest service.
Emergency contraception can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex or if a contraceptive method fails e.g a condom splits or pills are missed. Please call into clinic or phone us on 0118 322 7202 (Reading) or 01753 635302. (Slough) if you think you might need emergency contraception.
There are a number of places to find sexual and reproductive (family planning) health services in Berkshire, different services run at different times, some clinics require appointments while others are “walk in”.
If you think you could be pregnant you should do a pregnancy test as soon as possible. You can buy a pregnancy testing kit from any pharmacy e.g. Clearblue.
PEP is a combination of HIV medications that may significantly reduce your risk of being infected with HIV if taken within 72 hours of an activity with a high risk of HIV exposure.
PrEP is the use of anti-HIV medication (Truvada) to keep HIV negative people from becoming infected with HIV.
Chems are taken to get high, chill out, to be part of the crowd, feel comfortable and to loose inhibitions. They can enhance feelings of pleasure, friendship and intimacy but when the user sobers up then there are often periods of regret, depression and realisation of the risks taken.
If you have been raped or sexually assaulted we are often one of the first places people think of coming to for help, both men and women can be sexually assaulted or raped.
If you wish to take part in the PrEP impact trial in Berkshire see our page for more information.