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Sexual Health

Introduction

Welcome to the sexual health website. Here you will be able to find the local services that provide contraception, pregnancy testing, emergency contraception as well as what to do and where to go if you think you have a sexually transmitted infection.

There is a section designed specially for young people with links to other organisations and websites.  A young person's sexual health website is also available at www.deardudley.co.uk

If you just want to find out more about something, whether that is a type of contraception or a common sexually transmitted infection or what happens if you decide to have an abortion, then just click on to the heading on the left hand side of the page to find out more.

Getting Checked

Anyone, at any age, can have a sexual health check.  Getting tested and treated for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is straight forward and confidential

Where can I have a sexual health check?

A sexual health or genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic specialises in sexual health and gives tests and treatment for many STIs.

In Dudley borough you can have a sexual health check, whether or not you have STI symptoms at the:

GUM Clinic, 1st Floor, North Wing, Russells Hall Hospital
Tel: 01384 456111 ext. 3900

Remember, there is no need to feel embarrassed or worried about contacting any of the services, the staff are there to help you. The sooner you contact a health professional the quicker your problems and concerns can be dealt with.

Tests are free and the doctor or nurse will tell you what tests they think you need

The tests might involve:

  • a urine (pee) sample

  • a blood sample

  • swabs from the urethra (tube where urine comes out)

  • an examination of your genitals

With some tests, you can get the results (and treatment, if you need it) on the same day. For others, you might have to wait for a week or two. If you have a positive result the clinic will contact you by phone or text.

Under 25

Both the GUM department at Russells Hall Hospital and Dudley Brook Advisory Centre provide free sexual health advice and services specifically for young people under 25.  

Contraception

Contraception is available from your GP who is often the first point of contact for contraception and sexual health issues. However Brook (for under 25 year olds), CASH (any age) and GUM also have local services, details of which you can find from our website.

Please click on local organisations for further information.

My Dudley

Helping you find services and information for the local area.