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Please note that ALL patients and visitors will be given a surgical face mask on arrival and must wear this whilst in any of our buildings.

11.01.2021 Following the recent announcements regarding Covid lockdown – Please be reassured that we are still providing face to face and virtual services, however we have had to temporarily suspend the Saturday service at Monkgate York.

 

If you need sexual health care, please continue to call our central booking line on 01904 721111 and press option 1.

You will be assessed by our team and one of our nurses will call you to discuss the best way to get you the care you need.

 

Important information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 

In order to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we are offering telephone appointments and postal tests/treatments whenever possible. If you need to be seen in a clinic this can be arranged after you have spoken with a nurse on the phone.

ONLINE SERVICES - free condoms are available via the website for residents of York and North Yorkshire who are most at risk of Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). Online testing is also available for those most at risk of STIs or those who have been advised to do a test

If you are 18 and under there are now planned appointments and some same day access slots available, call 01904 721111 or text 07973 775692 to make an appointment (both phones lines are closed on Bank holidays)

Please note that ALL patients, visitors and staff are required to wear a mask or face covering in all NHS buildings.

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LGBTQ

Lesbian, Bisexual and Women who have sex with Women

What does this mean? 

Lesbian: A woman who has a sexual and/or romantic attraction towards women. Some women choose to define themselves as gay instead of lesbian.

Bisexual: Someone who has sexual and/or romantic attraction to both women and men. It is often used as an umbrella term that can include any other orientations where there is attraction to more than one gender.

WSW: A woman who has sex with women.

Sexual health

Women who have sex with women are generally at lower risk from STIs, but low risk doesn't mean no risk, so it's still important to look after your sexual health. Any one-on-one contact, such as oral sex or using the same hand when touching yourself and then your partner, or even sharing sex toys can put you at risk.

The most effective way to make oral sex with a vagina safer is to use an oral sex dam, which is a very thin, soft plastic square used to cover the genitals during oral sex.

If you are using sex toys, you can prevent the transmission of STIs by covering it with a new condom each time you have sex (particularly between different partners) and using water based lube. Oil based lube can cause the condom to break It is important to clean your sex toys between sessions. How to do this will depend on what it is made of and if it used batteries or has parts that can’t be washed. Sex toys come with advice on how to clean them so it is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. If your sex toys can be washed, you need to wash them thoroughly with warm water and soap after each use. 

STIs can be passed on through inserting fingers and hands into your partner (especially if you have any cuts on your hands) or by touching yourself and then your partner. This can be prevented by wearing latex gloves for digital penetration. Never re-use the gloves- use a new pair of gloves each time you have sex and use plenty of water based lube. If you are not using latex gloves, it is important you wash your hands before or after sex, particularly between touching yourself and touching your partner and vice versa.

Useful links and support

Yorkshire MESMAC: www.mesmac.co.uk

Stonewall: www.stonewall.org.uk

NHS lesbian health: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/LGBhealth/Pages/lesbianhealth.aspx

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