Sexual Health Advice


How do I look after my sexual health?


– Use condoms to protect yourself against Sexually Transmitted Infection and pregnancy

– Back up contraception will mean less worry if a condom splits

– Other forms of contraception are available from the sexual health clinics in Brighton and East Sussex. They include:

—- The pill

—- Contraceptive implant

—- Contraceptive injection

—- The Coil

—- Contraceptive patch

– As well as other hormonal and non-hormonal methods

– Use lubricant to prevent condoms splitting and reduce the risk of damage to the vaginal or anal areas

– Emergency contraception is available to purchase from chemists. If you are under 25, emergency contraception is free from these places.

– PEP is a treatment you can take within 72 hours of a condom breaking or having unprotected sex if you believe you may have come in contact with the HIV virus. PEP is available from sexual health clinics or from A&E

– Using condoms for oral sex protects you against chlamydia and gonorrhea

– You can protect yourself against Hepatitis B with a course of vaccinations. You can get these free from any sexual health clinic – regardless of your immigration status



– It is important to have regular sexual health checks as many STIs have no symptom

– It is recommended that you have a full sexual health screening every three months, or sooner if you have any symptoms or concern

– If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you should get checked out straight away

—- Pain when you urinate

—- Itching, burning, or tingling around the genitals

—- Blisters, sores, spots or lumps around the genitals, anus or mouth

—- Black powder or tiny white dots in your underwear

—- Yellow or green vaginal discharge

—- Discharge that smells

—- Bleeding between periods or after sex

—- Pain during sex

—- Lower abdominal pain

—- Persistent sore throat


What can SWOP provide?

– Free supplies- condoms (a range of colours, flavours and sizes), lubricant, dental dams and gloves

– Free testing for chlamydia and gonorrhoea- self taken swabs. Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea can be present in the urethra, vagina, rectum and throat and we can test from all these sites

– Free at-home HIV testing with immediate results. Click here for more

– Pregnancy Testing- we will check the results with you

– We can book and accompany you to sexual health clinic appointments

– Fast tracking into sexual health services s available to sex workers. Contact us for details

– We can arrange for a sexual health and contraception outreach nurse to visit you at home or at your place of work

– Other sexual health safety advice for sex workers- a range of leaflets in different languages


Sexual Health and Contraception Services in Sussex:

If you would like help with booking or attending appointments or need an interpreter please contact us
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