STI Test Drive: Update

The Advice Centre has been working with NHS Surrey over the recent months to encourage more students to talk more openly about their sexual health. Find out how their work has led to RHUL students having safer sex!

Royal Holloway students had safer sex this Valentine’s as 52 people came to speak to us during our STI test-drive in partnership with NHS Surrey last 13 February, and 26 students got tested that day, with others following over the last few weeks. We have received praise from NHS for having such a great return on our tests!

Royal Holloway has a great, open community in which sexual health is not a hidden subject. We proudly display our free condoms and STI self-testing kits in our SU Advice Centre waiting room and are happy to talk to you about sexual health. We regularly order new test kits because as demand from students is really high. 

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 texted to you 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.

What if I want to be even more discrete?

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, register with the on-campus GP surgery (unless you commute) and ask for an appointment. 

They offer a range of services and if you don’t want to tell the GP receptionist what the appointment is for, you have the right to tell them that it’s private and you’d rather wait to tell the GP.

How do I get help from the Advice Centre?

If you've already looked through our web pages and you can't find the information you're after, or if you'd prefer to discuss something face-to-face, it's easy to book an appointment.

  • Email us at
  • Pop along to the Union Helpdesk on the first floor of the Students' Union
  • Alternatively, you can call the Helpdesk on 01784 276700