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Sexual Health

Our services are confidential, even if you are under 16. By confidential we mean that your notes stay private within the sexual health service, we don’t share your notes with your GP or even elsewhere in the hospital, unless you ask us to of course. Occasionally, if we feel you are at risk, we may need to tell someone else, such as social services, but we will always discuss this with you first.
How we can help

Online Chlamydia ScreeningChlamydia is the most common STI.As many as one in twelve young people are affected.

Where & when are your Sexual Health & Contraception clinics?

Please click on the map pins to see locations, clinic times and information.

Questions about using the sexual health service

What services do we offer?

We help people with all of their sexual health needs, including STI’s, contraception and HIV. Our service is consultant-led with a highly experienced team of doctors, nurses and support staff working at the Hub at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, and 12 other locations across Cornwall.

We also offer a number of specialist services, such as dermatology for patients with genital skin conditions, and psychosexual counselling. Our sexual health clinic can refer you to dermatology, and your GP can refer you for psychosexual counselling.

Who can use our sexual health services?

Our services are available to anybody, regardless of gender, age or sexual orientation.

Do I have to pay?

All of our services are completely free of charge, including the supply of contraception or treatment for an STI.

Is attending a sexual health or contraception clinic confidential?

Our services are confidential, even if you are under 16. By confidential we mean that your notes stay private within the sexual health service, we don’t share your notes with your GP or even elsewhere in the hospital, unless you ask us to of course.

Occasionally, if we feel you are at risk, we may need to tell someone else, such as social services, but we will always discuss this with you first.

What types of sexual health clinic are there?

We offer two different types of sexual health appointments:

Test and Go

If you don’t have any symptoms and just want a check for reassurance, you can use our Test and Go service. We will do all the necessary tests but you won’t have a genital examination.

Doctor or nurse appointments – booked or drop in

When you arrive you will need to come to reception. If you have a problem or symptoms you wish to discuss, or if you need treatment, you’ll need to come in for an appointment with a doctor or a nurse.

How do I book an appointment?

Whether you want to see a doctor or use our Test and Go service, you can either make an appointment or just attend one of our drop-in clinics. If you want to make an appointment, please call our central booking team on 01872 255044. We aim to make sure we can see you within 48 hours.

What happens when I come to one of the clinics?

When you arrive you will need to come to reception and we will book you in.

Your details

We will ask you to fill out a form. Your details stay completely confidential within our department; no one will know you have visited the clinic. You will need to give us at least two ways of contacting you, in case we need to let you know your results. This can be via mobile, letter or email.

Waiting times

We try to see everyone at their appointment times but there can be delays. If you are attending a drop in clinic, you should allow two hours for your appointment. We try to see everyone as quickly as possible but we do ask you to be patient if we are busy. You can also request to see a male or female doctor, but this may mean you have to wait longer.

Answering questions

When you go into your appointment, we will introduce ourselves and then run through some questions about your sex life so that we make sure we give you the best advice and treatment. Our staff are used to discussing people’s sexual preferences and supporting them to manage their own sexual health so there is no need to be embarrassed.

Will I have to have an examination?

It depends on why you have come to see us. Sometimes an examination isn’t necessary and you can often carry out some of the tests yourself.

Can I get tested online?

We currently offer free online Chlamydia tests to anyone aged 15-24 years old. Find out more here.
Latest News & Events
Event / Sexual Health

National HIV Testing Week

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HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. The virus attacks the immune system and weakens your ability to fight infections and disease.

News / Sexual Health

Chlamydia Screening – free & confidential

November 5, 2016

Chlamydia is one of the most common sexually transmitted infections in Cornwall and the UK, with 1 in 12 young people testing positive.