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Berkshire Sexual Health Services - NHS Logo
Berkshire Sexual Health Services - NHS Logo
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Sexual Health Matters

What is sexual health?

  • A state of physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing in relation to sexuality; it is not just the absence of disease
  • A positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships
  • The possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence
  • The sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled

In this section you can find information about some common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and how they are spread, how to access a test if you think you might be at risk of an STI and where to go for help and treatment if you think you have symptoms.

You will also find information on the different methods of contraception that can be used to prevent pregnancy and help to find out which method might be best for you and where you can access contraception and contraceptive advice in Berkshire.

With so many different methods, it can be difficult to choose the right method for you. The My Contraception Tool (created by the Family Planning Association) can help you decide. It will suggest methods to suit you and your lifestyle. 

You can also discuss your contraceptive needs with your GP, practice nurse or at your local sexual health service.