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Sexual Health

Coming to university can involve making new relationships and similar to your physical health, it’s important that you also look after your sexual health.  

 

Healthy Relationships

  1. A strong sense of trust is a sign of a healthy relationship. You should be able to discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly
  2. Keeping your own friends and interests
  3. Spending quality time together is so important to a healthy relationship, do things that are mutually fulfilling as well as quality time apart doing what is important to you individually
  4. You and your partner should feel safe communicating personal needs and wants
  5. Compromise is an essential aspect of any relationship.

 

What is Consent?

Sexual consent is when a person has the freedom to agree to sexual activity, it’s your body and it's your decision whether or not to engage in sexual activity. Nobody can or should force you into doing anything you're not sure about or ready for. Sexual activity without your consent is sexual assault.

Here’s some advice on checking for consent.

-          Make sure the other person wants to participate freely and at their own will

-          You can check for consent by asking if the other person is okay

-          Remember your partner can withdraw their consent at any time, if this happens then stop!

-          Somebody who is highly intoxicated by drink or drugs is not able to make rational decisions and therefore, cannot give their consent

-          Someone who is asleep or unconscious cannot give their consent

-          If you’re unsure whether the person has given their consent ask

 

Don’t take any risks

Engaging in any kind of sexual activity where the other person hasn’t given their consent, or isn’t in any fit state to do so, is a crime and could result in Police arrest, prosecution or serious disciplinary action by the University resulting in permanent exclusion.  

Still not sure about consent? This video may help.

 

 

STI’s and testing

Sexually transmitted infections fall into two categories bacterial infections and viral infections both can carry risks to your health if left untreated. Bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics but if not caught early enough can cause permanent damage to the body. Viral infections cannot be cured but can be treated.

Bacterial Infections   Viral Infections
 Chlamydia   Warts
 Gonorrhoea  Herpes
 Syphilis   Hepatitis B
   HIV

If you’re concerned that you may have a bacterial or viral infection, its best to get yourself checked out to be on the safe side.  Below is a list of local sexual health testing centres. You can also send off for a free chlamydia testing kit here

  • Abacus Garston (South Liverpool NHS Treatment Centre 32 Church Road, Liverpool. L19 2LW)
  • Abacus Kensington (Kensington Neighbourhood Health Centre155-157 Edge Lane, Liverpool. L7 2PF)
  • Abacus Townsend (Townsend Lane Neighbourhood Health Centre 98 Townsend Lane, Liverpool. L6 0BB)
  • Brook Advisory Service (81 London Road, Liverpool. L3 8JA)
  • Central Abacus (Citrus House, 40-46 Dale Street, Liverpool. L2 5SF)

Walk-in centres offer emergency contraception (morning after pill) for women of all ages and Chlamydia screening to under-25s. To find out more about Liverpool’s walk-in centres follow this link to the NHS website.