Due to the coronavirus outbreak and ‘social distancing’ guidance, we have needed to adapt any face-to-face support that we provide so we can keep our service users and staff safe – but we will continue to talk with you and help you. To check what support is currently available and if there are any changes to our opening times, please contact us and we’ll do our best to make sure you still get the help you need.
If you are looking for advice, this is a good place to start.
Our service in Redbridge offers support for young people with their sexual health.
This service is available to young people between 16-25 who live in Redbridge or attend schools and colleges in the borough.
You can pick up Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea testing kits at participating pharmacies in Redbridge or call us and arrange to collect a kit from our hub (see address below).
Testing is free and confidential and you can receive your results within 7-10 working days.
Free condoms for under 25s
Free condoms are available at participating pharmacies displaying the Come Correct logo (see below)
Register online and collect your condoms instore.
Sexual health myth busters
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) will go away on their own
It is very unlikely that an STI will go away by itself, and if you delay seeking treatment you risk the infection causing long term problems, as well as increasing the risk of passing it on to you sexual partner/s even if you don’t have any signs or symptoms at the time.
Condoms will protect me from all STIs
Some STIs can be passed on through skin to skin contact and there’s always a risk that the condom may split.
Once you have had an STI, you can’t get the same one again…
It is possible to get the same STI more than once; having the infection doesn’t mean you are protected in the future. Viruses such as genital herpes and HIV remain in the body but can be managed through effective treatment.
I can’t afford STI tests and treatment
All STI tests and treatment are completely free for everybody through the NHS at genitourinary medicine (GUM) or sexual health clinics. If you live in England, the National Chlamydia Screening Programme offers testing for young people under 25 at various locations around the country. Depending on where you live, you may also be able to get a free home testing kit.