Sex is an important part of people’s lives and relationships. Therefore, it’s important that everyone is able to talk about sex and seek advice or help if they have any concerns.
What is ‘Sexual Health’?
‘Sexual health’ is a term that is most often used in relation to the prevention of sexually transmitted infections like HIV. However, good sexual health is also about many other things. For example, sexual health also refers to:
- Reducing the risk of unintended pregnancy.
- Having the choice whether or not to have sex.
- Being able to express your sexuality, without fear of exploitation, oppression, physical or emotional harm.
- Having access to high quality sexual health treatment that is offered in a non-judgemental, confidential manner.
How to Get Help
From time to time, people may have questions or problems regarding sexual health and want to know where they can get a check-up or find out more.
You can talk to your GP or practice nurse, or if you prefer you could go to one of the local sexual health clinics. You may not even need to book an appointment, but you are advised to check first.
Safe Sex Berkshire Website
The Safe Sex Berkshire website is a new resource provided by the six Berkshire local authorities and sexual health providers in the county. It offers information and advice on sexual and reproductive health (STIs, contraception, relationships) in Berkshire. For more information visit the Safe Sex Berkshire website.
The Garden Clinic, Skimped Hill Health Centre, Skimped Hill Lane, Bracknell
Tel: 01344 458118
Staff in the clinic can offer advice and information on all methods of contraception, emergency contraception, sexually transmitted infections including HIV, and counselling and referral around unwanted pregnancy. You can also pick up condoms and Chlamydia self-testing kits during clinic hours.
The Garden Clinic, Upton Hospital, Slough
Tel: 0175 363 5302
The Garden Clinic in Slough offers sexual health walk-in clinics. No appointment is needed, but you may have to wait sometimes to be seen by a doctor or nurse. You need to allow up to 2 hours for your visit.
Garden Clinic in East Berkshire
Tel: 01753 635302
If you are worried about infections that may be passed on through sexual contact, think you may be at risk of HIV infection or have other problems affecting the genital area, then the Garden Clinic in East Berkshire can help. For more information or clinic times please ring 01753 635302 or see the Berkshire Health Foundation Trust sexual health website for details of services and opening times.
The Florey Unit, 21a Craven Rd, Reading RG1 5LE
Tel: 0118 322 7202
The Florey Unit offers sexual health walk-in clinics from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday. The clinic is closed on Thursdays between 8am and 9am, and on bank and public holidays.
Time to Test 20-Minute HIV Testing
Thames Valley Positive Support (TVPS) is a sexual health charity that predominantly supports people affected by HIV throughout Berkshire. They have received funding through the MAC AIDS Fund since 2014 to bring a ground breaking testing initiative to Berkshire – rapid HIV testing at a time to suit you. They offer a choice of two tests, a non-invasive oral swab test or a finger-prick test. The test is free and you will receive your results at the appointment. Where possible, they offer same day testing and aim to book anyone in 1 working day after they have made contact. Appointments are available in day time and evenings. After you have had the test TVPS will provide a three month supply of condoms and lubrication.
Time to Test will be held at various venues throughout Berkshire. You can call or e-mail to find out more information or to book a test.
Telephone: 01628 603400