Sexual health

Many young people utter these words after a night out drinking large amounts of alcohol, carrying on until they vomit, pass out or do something they really regret such as having unprotected sex or being in a situation they can't deal with.

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Sexual health is an important part of physical and mental health. It is a key part of our identity as human beings, together with the fundamental human rights to privacy, a family life and living free from discrimination. Essential elements of good sexual health are fair relationships and sexual fulfillment with access to information and services to avoid the risk of unintended pregnancy, illness or disease. Poor sexual health can have a long lasting and severe impact on people’s lives, resulting in:
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease, which can cause ectopic pregnancies and infertility.
  • STIs and HIV.
  • Cervical and other genital cancers.
  • Hepatitis, chronic liver disease and liver cancer.
  • Bacterial vaginosis and premature delivery.
  • Unintended pregnancies and abortions.
  • Psychological consequences of sexual coercion and abuse.
  • Poor educational, social and economic opportunities for teenage mothers and fathers.
The C-Card Scheme is a free, outreach condom and lubricant distribution service for young people aged 13-24 years living in Nottingham City. There are distribution centres across the city comprising registration and pick-up points. These are based in young people-friendly services such as GP practices, youth clubs, NHS Walk-In Centre, pharmacies and outreach venues. It is a confidential service (confidentiality would be breached only if the young person was at serious risk of harm).
The Topaz Centre is committed to providing a sensitive and dedicated service that meets the needs of victims of rape and serious sexual assault within Nottinghamshire through the partnership between the health service, police and voluntary sector.
The Centre offers a range of services to give you the best care possible that will be tailored to meet your needs.
Initially, we can offer you information and breathing space to consider your options and you will receive support through this decision process.