About Essex Sexual Health Services
We are responsible for delivering NHS funded sexual health services across the county of Essex.
We’re here to help people stay safe, healthy and protected.
Through our partnership with clinicians and other service providers, we deliver advice, information, protection, testing, treatment and other support.
Whatever age, gender or sexuality, we provide free, confidential and non-judgemental services for everyone in Essex.
What We Deliver
Essex Sexual Health Services are funded by the NHS and delivered by a number of partners – led and coordinated by Provide Community.
Clinics are run and delivered by doctors, nurses and other qualified health advisors. Our expertise and experience ensure everyone receives empathetic, appropriate and effective advice and care.
- In-clinic and at-home testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Examination, diagnosis and treatment of STIs
- At-home HIV testing
- eC-Card scheme distributing free condoms to young people
- Chlamydia screening
- Pregnancy tests
- Assessment for and access to most forms of contraception
- Emergency contraception (morning after pill)
- General sexual health advice, counselling and support.
- Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B and HPV vaccinations
We understand that accessing sexual health services for the first time can feel uncomfortable and daunting.
First and foremost, we always aim to give a friendly warm welcome to service users and make them feel comfortable and respected.
Our core values are knowledge, dedication, credibility, open-mindedness and diversity.
We hope be regarded as respectful, sensitive, adaptable, discreet, innovative, positive, informative and inclusive.
Working with Specialists
In addition to the delivery of core sexual health and wellbeing services, we work with a number of specialist organisations.
The Terrence Higgins Trust
Established over 40 years, The Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) is the largest voluntary sector provider of HIV and sexual health services in the UK
Essex THT offers free and confidential access to rapid HIV testing and sexual health advice and support, as well as awareness training programmes to professionals and high-risk groups.
Brook is the UK’s leading provider of free and confidential sexual health services and advice specifically for young people under 25.
They have over 50 years’ experience and provide services for nearly 250,000 young people each year. Brook’s website offers a wealth of information on all aspects of sexual health, specifically for under 25s.
Healthy Living Partnership
Healthy Living Partnership manage a group of approximately 80 pharmacies and retailers who provide access to sexual health services from their premises.
This includes information, chlamydia testing & treatment, emergency contraception and free condoms through our eC-card scheme.
SH:24 helps provide our 24-hour online triage and STI testing system.
This quick and discreet service makes it easier for people to get tested for most common sexually transmitted infections (STIs).