Clinics

Essex Sexual Health Services are delivered by a range of partners from clinics across the county.

Confidential

Our clinics and clinicians are confidential and discrete.

Whatever your needs or circumstances, we understand and can help. We never make judgements.

Sexual health services keep separate medical records and will only share information with your GP or other professionals if you agree to it.

Helpful

The aim of our clinics, doctors, nurses and other staff is to help you maintain good sexual health.

We’ve everything you need to protect yourself and your partners. All you need to do is ask and our friendly team will help however we can.

Professional

Our clinics are staffed by some of the most experienced and knowledgeable professionals in the region.

Whatever your needs or concerns, we’ve the latest information, advice and treatment to help you maintain good sexual health.

Our Services

Testing and Treatment of STI's

If you’re concerned you may have an STI we can provide a Test at Home kit or refer you to one of our discrete clinics.

Pregnancy Tests

Think you may be pregnant? We can offer free pregnancy tests and help you plan for the future.

Contraception

We’ve help, advice and access to a whole range of contraception to help you avoid unplanned pregnancy.

Sexual Health Advice & Support

We all have concerns and questions from time to time! Our clinicians are on hand to help.

HIV PEP & PrEP

If you think you have or may be exposed to HIV, we can help you access PEP and PrEP to reduce the risk of infection.

eC-Card Scheme

Free condoms and lube for young people aged 16-24 across Essex. It’s as easy as 1-2-3…

Calling the Helpline

Friendly | Understanding | Helpful

Our confidential helpline is delivered by friendly and trained individuals.

Though everyone’s needs are unique, they’ve experience helping with every possible sexual health issue or challenge.

Whatever you need, they’ll simply listen carefully, offer you advice and ensure you get the help you need.

Helpline opening hours

Monday to Friday – 8 am to 8 pm (Closed bank holidays)
Saturday – 8 am to 1 pm

Out of hours

Seek advice from NHS 111, contact them by telephone on 111
or visiting NHS 111 Online

FAQ's

Clear answers to common questions

Contact a sexual health service for the first time can be a little daunting, so here are some easy answers to many of the questions you may have.

What questions will be asked if I call the helpline?

Our colleague will ask a few simple questions to understand your circumstances and the support you need – so relax and take your time.

Everything is completely confidential. Nothing will be sent to your home address.

What support will I be offered?

We’ll help you access whatever you need.

This may include talking through your situation, giving you advice, helping you access protection or contraception or organising a STI test.

What if I need a test?

We offer discrete and easy STI Test at Home kits for many of the most common infections.

If an alternative test or examination is needed, we’ll help you book in a confidential appointment at a local clinic.

Will I be physically examined?

We will never ask you to expose any part of your body during a video consultation.

If an examination is required, we’ll book an appointment at a clinic where a doctor will make any examination as quick and unobtrusive as possible.

Who is told about my appointments or STI tests?

No one. Your appointment and test results are confidential.

Sexual health services keep separate medical records and will only share information with your GP or other professionals if you agree to it.

How are tests taken?

If a test is required, many can be conducted by yourself at home. Other infections may need a visit to a clinic.

Most require a sample or urine or swab of the infected area. Others may require a blood test. This will all be explained to you before the test is arranged.

What if my test result is positive?

Firstly, please don’t worry, almost all STIs are now treatable.

You’ll be contacted so you can discuss the result and any suggested treatment with a doctor or nurse. In addition to any appropriate medication, you may be offered counselling and other forms of support to help you cope.

Our Locations

Clinics | Pharmacies | Hub

Essex Sexual Health Services are delivered from locations across the county.

Working closely with Terrence Higgins Trust, Brook and Healthy Living Partnership, we offer a range of services at a number of clinics and retail pharmacies.

Search below to find details of your nearest location.

Clinic

Pharmacy