FAQs

Yes! If you are aged between 16-24 you can get a Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea test online which will be delivered in discreet packaging to your home. You can also access a kit from your local GP, Pharmacy or Contraception Clinic. Go to our ‘Find a Service’ page and select ‘Chlaymdia test outlets’ and your postcode to find the nearest outlet to you.

If you have clear symptoms then you should visit the GUM Sexual Health Clinic at Beckenham Beacon. Click here to find directions

Hi, in Bromley we provide various types of emergency contraception. EHC is available for free from some pharmacies but depending on your situation you may be referred onto a Contraception Clinic. If you have any doubt about where to go you can:

After unprotected sexual contact you can have a test to check for any sexually transmitted infections or STIs. In order to make sure the test is accurate, you may be asked to repeat the test after a certain amount of time after the sexual contact. This time is also known as a “window period”. The window periods are different for different infections:

Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea – two weeks after sexual contact.

HIV – one month after sexual contact.

Syphilis and Hepatitis – three months after sexual contact.

Visit the STI section for more information

Many STIs have no symptoms at all. It’s important to get tested even if you have no noticeable symptoms as you may risk passing on infection or developing further problems.

Further information on STIs

Most of the time you will only be required to provide a urine sample or take your own swab. You may also have a blood test, which takes a small amount of blood from a vein in the arm.

Sometimes other tests may be required which may cause mild discomfort, but shouldn’t be painful. Some people may need a genital examination, which is performed by professional clinicians who will make the procedure as comfortable as possible.

Yes.

Most STIs can be transmitted orally, so you may need to do a throat swab if you have had oral sex with a partner. If you have an infection in your throat, you may be at risk of transmitting it if you go on to give someone oral sex.

Find out more about the risks of transmission from oral sex here.

Certain STIs can cause problems with reduced fertility if they are not treated for a long period of time. If left untreated, STIs can affect both men and women’s fertility.

However, the vast majority of cases lead to no long term health problems at all, so having an STI does not mean that you will not be able to conceive. If you think you may have an STI it’s best to get tested, the process is simple and totally confidential.

Our Bromley Sexual Health team are on hand to talk through concerns on the phone with you if you are unsure what to do. If it is out of working hours, send us an email at bromh.sexualhealth@nhs.net

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