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Sexual Health

Being attracted to someone can be exciting but it can also be nerve wracking.  Finding a relationship that is right for you is a personal journey, and knowing what you want and don’t want from a relationship is a good start.

Being at University is a time where new relationships are often forged, and it’s important that during this time you look after your sexual health and make sure you are accurately informed before making any decisions.

 

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.  It’s healthy to have your own friendship groups and to have separate 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 feel safe communicating personal needs and wants.
  5. Compromise is an essential aspect of any relationship.

What might be right for you might not be right for someone else.  Remember that relationships should make you feel good – If they don’t then it might not be the right relationship for you.

 

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 have sex. Nobody can or should force you into doing anything you're not sure about or ready for, sex without consent is rape. Here are some tips about checking for consent.

 

-          Make sure the other person is participating freely and of 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 out of it, or too drunk to make decisions cannot give their consent.

-          Someone who is asleep or unconscious cannot give their consent.

 

Still not sure about consent? This video may help.

Are you ready?

Here is a checklist that might help you decide if are ready to have sex:

1. Do you feel like you could say ‘no’ and that it would be ok if you did?

2. Have you made a special connection with someone and you are sure you both share that connection?

3. Do you feel like it’s your decision and that you aren’t being pressured or forced?

4.  Are you confident that you won’t regret it?

5.  Are you doing it to meet your own needs and not to please anyone else?

6.  Have you both agreed that you want to take this next step together?

7.  You have talked about it together, discussed using appropriate contraception and agreed what happens next – including whether to tell your friends.

 

REMEMBER – YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO IT UNTIL YOU FEEL READY

R U Ready Checklist - Copyright Jo Adams

Local Services

 

SAFE Place Merseyside

A sexual assault referral centre offering support and forensic medical examinations following a sexual assault or rape.  This service is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – with or without Police involvement.

0151 295 3550 - www.safeplacemerseyside.org.uk

 

Merseyside Police

Call 999 if:

  • A crime is happening now
  • Someone is injured
  • You or someone else is in danger
  • The person who has committed the offence is still there or is nearby

 

If it's not an emergency or for general enquiries call 101

  • Calls to 101 cost 15 pence per call from landlines and mobiles - no matter how long you're on the phone.
  • If you're calling from outside Merseyside you can call us on 0151 709 6010.
  • If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech impediment, report a non-emergency using Typetalk on 18001 101.

 

GYRO – Gay Youth R Out

LGBT Social support group for 16-25 year olds.

0151 707 1025 - www.ypas.org.uk

 

RASA Merseyside

RASA is for anyone who has been sexually abused or raped, or who has been affected by sexual violence at any time in their lives.  Please note, this is not a 24 hour service.

0151 666 1392 – Email:  helpline@rasamerseyside.org

 

Love is Infectious

Chlamydia and gonorrhoea screening for under25’s

www.loveisinfectious.com

 

NHS Walk-in Centres

City Centre – David Lewis St, L1 4AP – 0151 247 6500

Old Swan – Crystal Close, L13 2GA – 0151 285 3565

South Liverpool – Church Road, L19 2LW – 0151 295 9010

Smithdown – Smithdown Road, L15 2LQ – 0151 285 4820

 

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 are worried about having a bacterial or viral infection its best to get yourself checked out. Below is a list of local Sexual health testing centres, you can also send off for a free chlamydia testing kit here https://www.nmhissecure.nhs.uk/eesypeesytesting/  

  • 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 u25s to find out more about Liverpool’s walk in centres follow this link to the NHS website.