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We have a range of specialist staff to help you optimise your sexual wellbeing

Our health advisers are here to support you to enjoy the best sexual health

Esther Valeria

If you are diagnosed with an infection

It can be very upsetting to be told that you have a sexually transmitted infection and it can leave you with a range of thoughts, feelings and questions. Health advisers are here to help you sort through these.

Whether you are in a long-term relationship or a brief one, it can be difficult to tell sexual partners that they might have an infection. We can help you decide the best way to do this, or we can even do it for you anonymously. It is important that sexual partners are informed and treated to stop some STIs being passed back to you or to others.

Health advisers are here to:

  • Give you time and space to work through difficulties with your sexual health - including a diagnosis of an STI
  • Arrange any follow-up that you need
  • Discuss issues around relationships and having sex
  • Discuss what safer sex means to you and help you to reduce your risk of STIs
  • Support you if you are feeling worried or low
  • Refer you on to any other services that may be required

If chemsex is making it difficult to look after your sexual health, you can also contact our Peer Mentor

 

Our psychologists are here to provide structured support around improving sexual health

Here are some of the types of problems we can help with: 

  • Difficulties with negotiating the type of sex you want
  • Hesitations, worries or difficulties with using condoms
  • Mood or anxiety problems that impact on your ability to protect yourself from HIV and STIs
  • Coercive or violent sexual relationships
  • Sexuality and gender difficulties (in relation to high risk sexual behaviour)
  • Sexual assault and rape
  • Alcohol and/or drug use that impacts on your ability to protect yourself from infections or injuries¬†

If you think you would benefit from psychology, please discuss this with your doctor, nurse, or health adviser

Our psychologists also provide support to help live well with HIV

  • Depression, low mood or anxiety
  • Adjustment to living with a chronic illness
  • Adherence to HIV treatment
  • Traumatic life experiences
  • Drug and alcohol problems
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Sexual difficulties

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