City of London and Hackney workers and residents encouraged to use free sexual health services

People who live and work in the Square Mile and Hackney are being reminded this week that there is a range of free sexual health services open and available to access.

Sexual Health Week (13 - 19 September) highlights how we can make use of free and confidential and non-judgemental local services provided by the NHS and others. These include:

  • testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV
  • PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) - a tablet available to people that are at higher risk of HIV, which can reduce the risk of getting infected with HIV
  • contraceptives, including Emergency Hormonal Contraception, coils, implants, and condoms

Cases of STIs, such as gonorrhoea and chlamydia, are increasing across London and often, someone may have an STI, but no symptoms. Testing for STIs (including HIV) is crucial to knowing whether or not you have an infection and how you can access free treatment quickly.

Condoms remain an effective method of stopping the transmission of STIs, as well as acting as a contraceptive. You can get hold of different types of contraceptives, including coils, condoms, and emergency contraception locally, as well as online through: www.shl.uk

Find out about the full range of sexual and reproductive health services that you can access as someone living, working, or studying in the City, by visiting: www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/sexualhealth

In addition to the City Corporation’s website, the NHS website offers information about sexual and reproductive health, including different STIs and how to choose the right contraceptive: www.nhs.uk/live-well/sexual-health/

Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Community and Children’s Services Committee, Ruby Sayed, said:

“Sexual health services were disrupted during the peak of the pandemic, but they are open and available to support you, whether face-to-face or online.

“We know that talking about sex can be embarrassing for some, but we urge anyone who thinks they might have an STI, or who is looking to access contraception or find out more about it to approach a professional service.

“Sexual health professionals, including pharmacists, offer confidential advice and there is very little they haven’t already seen or heard, so please don’t hesitate about reaching out.”

Among other key issues, this year’s Sexual Health Week will stress the importance of looking after our sexual and reproductive health as a key part of enjoying an active, safe, and consensual sex life.


Notes for Editors:

For media enquiries:

Andrew Buckingham, Media Officer (Public Services), City of London Corporation

T: 07795 333060

E: andrew.buckingham@cityoflondon.gov.uk

About the City of London Corporation:

The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City, supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK. www.cityoflondon.gov.uk