It's important to make the right choices about your sexual health and contraception to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or unwanted pregnancies.
Public Health Dorset commissions sexual health and contraception services in Dorset. For local information, services and advice, visit the Sexual Health Dorset website.
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
Many people with sexually transmitted infections don’t get symptoms, so practice safer sex and if you change your partner, it’s always a good idea to have an STI test. It's worth getting tested even if you feel fine. If you think you have an STI, the earlier you're tested, the sooner treatment can be given if it's needed.
Contraception aims to prevent pregnancy. Contraceptives are free through the NHS. There are many types of contraception, so you can choose the best method for you.
You can find more useful information on these websites:
- Brook - sexual health support for young people
- Terrence Higgins Trust - HIV and sexual health support
- NHS Choices - sexual health information
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