Looking After Your Sexual Health

As lockdown eases and you start to reunite with friends and partners, our Advisors remind you of the importance of looking after your sexual health, and how to order free STI screening and contraception.

At the SU Advice Centre, we don’t shy away from talking about sexual health. With the easing of lockdown and introduction of bubbles, we know that many “lovers” have reunited, so we want to remind you that you still have access to free NHS Sexual Health Services.

Normally, we proudly display our free condoms and STI self-testing kits in our waiting room and they have proved to be very popular. The great news is, you can still have them delivered to you or ask to have them delivered to a friend!

Remember, you don’t have to be in a new or long-term relationship to benefit from testing. If you’re sexually active, you should get tested regularly for your own safety and that of your sexual partners. 

The results are discretely sent to you via text so you don’t have to tell anyone about it until you get your results, however, when you do, you have a legal responsibility to tell any potentially affected sexual partners you’ve had if you have an STI.

Order free STI screening and contraception online here – it will arrive in an unmarked package and the results will be communicated to you by phone.

Who can I talk to about sexual health?

Your GP is the best place to start. You can trust that they will respect your privacy. If you haven’t already, find your nearest GP and ask for an appointment, which will probably be a phone appointment while social distancing measures are in place.

If you’re finding it difficult to find the specific information you need, our advisors are happy to guide you. Just email them with your questions.

Further support

We appreciate the volume of information being sent your way could be quite overwhelming, so we've created a Coronavirus Hub to give you quick links to key advice, guidance, and our latest news updates. With dedicated pages for housingacademic, and welfare advice, as well as links to government advice and College FAQs, it's your one-stop shop for all the vital information during this time.

The Advice Centre is a free, independent and confidential service for all students here at Royal Holloway. Our friendly, experienced and professional staff will provide a listening ear and offer general and specialist advice. We’re here to support you with a whole range of issues, big and small, and if we’re not the best people to help you with a particular issue, we’ll point you in the right direction.

Email us at advice@su.rhul.ac.uk with any questions or to ask for a phone appointment