Sexual health services
It is important young people understand what services are available to them to ensure they take care of their sexual health. Sexual health services are free and available to everyone, regardless of sex, age, ethnicity and sexual orientation.
In Leicester, these services are provided by the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. They provide a free, conﬁdential and friendly service for young people aged 24 and under, called CHOICES. The service offers:
- Testing and treatment for sexual infections
- Contraceptive pills
- Contraceptive injection
- Contraceptive implant
- Emergency contraceptive pill (morning after pill)
- Free pregnancy testing, and referral for abortion (or to a midwife)
- Free condoms
How does it work?
CHOICES offer a number of clinics in and around Leicester at different locations through the week including at colleges and universities. Sometimes it is possible to book appointments, but you can also drop in and wait to be seen. You can also phone in to discuss your sexual health.
If you are between the ages of 13 and 16, your details will be treated conﬁdentially, and nobody in your household will be contacted without your permission. However, staff may encourage you to talk to your parents, guardian or another trusted adult.
Who is involved?
The CHOICES team consists of dedicated professionals with experience of supporting you through your sexual health journey. You can also speak to your GP and some pharmacies about sexual health.