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Keeping Healthy: Relationships and Sexual Health

When you are a young person, looking after your health is really important. It's a new and exciting time when some young people will be having their first relationships, and some might have questions about peer pressure, sex, smoking, drugs or alcohol and the effect it can have on their lives and bodies. It is also a time of great change on your body and emotions, which can be worrying, especially if you think you are the only one having these feelings.

We know that a good relationship is when you are happy and comfortable and can truly say that you are friends. Just because you may fancy someone or be going out with someone doesn't mean that you must start having sex. It could take you months or even years before you decide you want to take things further and this is perfectly fine.

Remember take it slow, talk a lot with your partner and most importantly listen to your feelings.

Here are some top tips to stay safe, healthy and happy:

  • Before you go out make sure someone knows where you are going and what time you are due home.
  • Try to go out with friends you know and trust and agree to all look out for each other.
  • Try to get to know someone before you think about having sex. If you really like them, organise a second date, playing hard to get will make them fancy you more!
  • Make sure you sort out your contraception before you become sexually active – remember that different types of contraception suit different people so talk to a Healthcare Professional to find out which type will suit you (see below for information about local sexual health services).
  •  If you are thinking about having sex, stock up on condoms, carry them with you at all times and make sure you know how to use them! Remember that condoms are the best way to prevent getting a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI).
  • Talk to your partner about using condoms BEFORE you get physical
  • If you do have sex, make sure that it is because you want to, not because you feel pressured, and ALWAYS use a condom.
  • Never be afraid to say NO to sex.
  • If you had sex and did not use a condom you are at risk of getting a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI). If you are not on any type of contraception you are also at risk of getting pregnant. To avoid an unplanned pregnancy make sure you get Emergency Contraception from your local Chemist, Sexual Health Clinic or GP. This can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex, but is more effective the earlier it's taken.
  • Make sure you have a check up to see that you don't have any STI's. Even if you feel fine don't assume you are, a number of infections like chlamydia, Gonorrhoea and HIV often have no signs at all.

There are many clinics around where you can get free and confidential help and advice, be tested for STIs, get contraception for you and your partner, receive emotional and relationship support and advice as well as get free condoms and pregnancy testing. Please see information below or visit: www.uchooseonline.co.uk

Remember that staff at these clinics are fully trained and really friendly and will never judge you, they will just be really impressed that you are taking responsibility for your health. They never ask you embarrassing questions at reception or in front of other people and everything you say is completely confidential.

You can also join the Lambeth Condom Distribution Scheme where you can get free condoms and advice from a range of different settings once you've registered on the scheme. Lambeth is also part of the London Condom Scheme which means you can get free condoms and advice all over London – just look out for this sign which shows that a venue is distributing free condoms:

• Find Out More About Available Services for Young People in Lambeth:

Reproductive and Sexual Health (RSH) Clinics

Reproductive and Sexual Health Clinics provide a free and confidential service consisting of walk-ins (no appointment needed) and appointment clinics and offer a full range of sexual health services including pregnancy testing, STI testing, different types of contraception including long-acting and emergency contraception and advice on all sexual health issues.

Brook Centre

Brook is a free and confidential sexual health service for under-25s. As well as contraception, condoms, emergency contraception and pregnancy advice, over 18s can take testing kits away and there is an on-site sexually transmitted infections (STIs) self-testing service. The service is available for men and women.

A '374 men's clinic' takes place on Tuesday afternoons from 2pm to 6pm for young men who want an STI screen or to talk to a counsellor.

Drop-in (no appointment needed) available Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 1pm to 6pm, Saturday 1pm to 4pm.

374 Brixton Road, Brixton, SW9 7AW. Tel: 020 7787 5000/1

Helpline: 0808 802 1234 free for mobiles

Text Messaging Service Text: Brook Info to 81222 or Text: Brook Services to 81222


Also visit the Brook website to find out about other Brook sites in London.

Lambeth College Clinic

Provides a sexual health service for young people.

Clapham site is open every Tuesday 9.30am – 3.30pm and Vauxhall site is open every other Monday 11.30am – 2pm.

Camberwell Sexual Health Clinic

Provides a walk-in service (no appointment needed) with easy access to a wide range of sexual health services for men and women.

If you just need condoms, pregnancy tests or a Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea test then you may not need to see a nurse or doctor. Instead, you can collect condoms and testing kits free from the self-service vending machine (tokens are dispensed at the registration kiosk).

In addition to the walk-in services, they also provide appointment clinics for clients with more complex needs. Normally these appointments are made following a referral by a GP.

Walk-in: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 9am to 7.30pm, Wednesday 1pm to 7.30pm; Saturday appointment clinic 9.30am – 11.30am.

Denmark Hill, SE5 9RS. Tel: 020 3299 5000

Clapham Manor Clinic

Appointments service.

Tuesday 5pm to 7.30pm, Wednesday 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

86 Clapham Manor St, SW4 6ED. Tel: 020 3049 4006

Streatham Hill Reproductive and Sexual Health Centre

Provides a drop-in reproductive and sexual health service (no appointment needed) with long opening hours offering a full range of sexual health services for young people. A fast track service is also available for asymptomatic (no symptoms) STI screening for people aged 16 and over.

Walk-in: Monday and Thursday 11am to 8pm; Tues 11am to 5pm; Friday 11am to 4pm; Saturday 10am to 12.30pm.

Appointments available Tuesday – Thursday.

Young peoples' walk-in Wednesday 3pm to 6pm.

41 a-c Streatham Hill, SW2 4TP. Tel: 020 8243 2261

Vauxhall Riverside Clinic

Walk-in: Monday and Tuesday 3.30pm to 7.30pm.

Appointments: Wednesday 3pm to 7.30pm, Friday 11am to 1pm and 3pm to 7.30pm.

A healthy men drop-in session runs on Thursdays (3.30pm – 7.30pm).

Ground Floor St. George's Wharf, Wandsworth Road, SW8 2JB.

Tel: 020 3049 4006

Genitourinary (GUM) Clinics

A GUM clinic provides a free and confidential service consisting of walk-ins (no appointment needed) and appointment clinics. Genitourinary medicine deals with the male and female sex organs and the urinary system. Most of the clinics have health advisors who can usually spend more time with you than a doctor and can discuss any aspect of sexual health such as STIs, relationships, loss of sex drive and more. You can also choose to talk to an advisor over the phone if you prefer.

Lloyd Clinic

Monday, Thursday and Friday walk-in clinics from 8.10am – 3.10pm; Tuesday 8.10am – 2.50pm; Wednesday 12.30pm – 3.10pm. 'After 5' service for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender clients - Tuesday 5pm to 8pm.

Specialist Appointments.

Walk-in: Wednesday 4pm to 6pm Under-20's Bridge Clinic

An HIV rapid testing service is also available by appointment only (you can be referred by your GP)

2nd floor, Thomas Guy House, Guy's Hospital, Great Maze Pond, SE1 9RT.

Tel: 020 7188 6666/2667

A 'text to book' service is also available – text GUYS SLOT to 07537 400 720 to book.

Lydia Clinic

Offers full range of services including HIV testing (including counselling and HIV services).

Walk-in: Monday, Thursday and Friday 8.10am to 3.10pm; Tuesday 8.10am – 2.50pm Wednesday 12.30pm to 3.10pm.

St Thomas' Hospital, 1st Floor, Lambeth Wing, Lambeth Palace Road, SE1 7EH.

Tel: 020 7188 6666

A 'text to book' service is also available – text TOMS SLOT to 07537 400 720 to book.

Sexual Health Services for Young People

This is a free and confidential service dedicated to young people.

Young People's Sexual Health Outreach Team

Sexual health service which also provides advice, counselling and signposting to other available services.

Contact Debbie Clark on 020 3049 6007

Mawbey Brough Health Centre

Provides a sexual health service for young people.

Tuesday 3.30pm – 5.30pm

38 Wilcox Close, Vauxhall, SW8 2UD

Visit the website to find out about any other opening times:


Lambeth Reproductive and Sexual Health Services Helpline

Tel: 020 3049 4006

GP Surgeries

You can get the following services from your local GP:

Confidential advice (this includes those under 16) about all sexual health matters, testing and treatment for Chlamydia, HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infections and most types of contraception which may include Long Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC). Free condoms, pregnancy testing and emergency contraception are also available from all Lambeth GP practices, as well as referral to more specialised services.

The following GP practices offer specialised sexual health services to any patients through walk-ins (no appointment needed) they also offer all the services listed above.

The Iveagh Surgery

This is a weekly walk-in open access clinic for registered and non-registered patients.

Tuesday 4pm to 7pm; Saturday 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Emergency contraception is available every day without an appointment to registered patients. Unregistered patients need to come to the walk-in clinic.

Akerman Health Centre, 60 Patmos Road, London, SW9 6AF. Tel: 07503 725804; 0203 049 6690


Crown Dale Medical Centre

Provides a weekly walk-in (no appointment needed) sexual health clinic for registered and non-registered patients.

Wednesday 6.30pm to 8.30pm; Saturday 9.30pm to 11.45am.

61 Crown Dale (near Crown Point), SE19 3NY. Tel: 020 8670 2414


Clapham Family Practice

Provides a weekly sexual health clinic to address any sexual health concerns for registered and non-registered patients.

Thursday 6.30pm to 8.30pm; Saturday 9.30am to 11.30am

Weekly walk-in (no appointment needed) and evening and Saturday morning clinics are also available.

51 Clapham High Street SW4 7TL. Tel: 020 7622 4455


Paxton Green Group Practice Young Persons Health & Wellbeing Clinic

Provides an advice service for young people.

Walk-in clinic (no appointment needed) available for registered and non-registered young people.

Tuesday 3.10pm to 5pm (Doctor) and 3.30pm to 5.30pm (Nurse/Youth Worker).

1 Alleyn Park, Gypsy Hill, SE21 8AU

Tel: 020 8670 6878

Young People's Clinic at the Herne Hill Group Practice

Walk-in clinic (no appointment needed) available for registered and non-registered young people.

Walk-in: Wednesday 3.30pm to 5.30pm

74 Herne Hill (accessed on Kestrel Avenue), SE24 9QP

Tel: 020 7274 3314

The Well Centre – Streatham

A health hub for young people which includes a GP, nurse and youth workers.

Walk-in: Monday to Friday 3pm – 6pm

16 Wellfield Road, Streatham, SW16 2BP


SH:24 is a new online sexual health service that allows people to test themselves for STIs in the privacy of their own home and get results by text message within 7 days. SH:24 aims to modernise sexual health care by offering test kits, information and advice to residents of Southwark and Lambeth 24/7. Testing for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV – the four most common STIs – is provided free of charge. The service is very discreet and completely confidential – with no need for a name or any personal details to be attached to any samples that are returned in the freepost envelope. www.sh24.org.uk


The following pharmacies provide free emergency contraception (for women 30 and under), which can be taken up to 3 days after you have had unprotected sex or if your contraception failed, free condoms (only with emergency contraception) and free Chlamydia screening and confidential advice.

Free Chlamydia screening is also available for both men and women aged 24 and under: