Young People Sexual Health Clinics – New Mobile Phone App »

… a range of services for young people aged 20 and under.  The services include contraception, STI testing and treatment, BBV testing, free condoms, general information and advice.

The mobile phone app, called ‘YP Services’, complements this service by providing young people with a resource at their fingertips electronically.  Young People can use the app to find out where to locate their nearest YPSH clinic and also gain access a wide variety of information and signpost them to …

Testing Week Scotland 11-17 September 2017 »

… life, hepatitis C can be cured, and effective treatments are also available for a whole range of STIs

Prevent

Staying on top of your sexual health means you can be confident about sex

Condoms and lube can protect you from the majority of sexually transmitted infections and PrEP is now available to people at greatest risk of HIV

If you are injecting drugs, it’s important to use a new set of equipment each time you inject

You can find out more from …

Hepatitis A Information »

What is Hepatitis A ?

It is an infection caused by the hepatitis A virus leading to inflammation of the liver. The infection is usually short lived and while the symptoms can be unpleasant, it is rarely serious.

Hepatitis A key facts

Hepatitis A is a viral infection which leads to inflammation of the liver and can cause mild to severe illness.

The symptoms are generally a …

Airdrie Community Health Centre »

… Young Person’s Plus Clinic

At this clinic a doctor will be present and services will include: STI testing, STI treatment, BBV testing, Contraception which includes Implants, IUD (Intrauterine Device) and IUS (Intrauterine System).

Thursday

4pm – 6pm (drop in until 5.30pm)

Please note, you are advised to attend the Young Person’s Drop In Clinics early as occasionally, due to staff shortages, the clinic numbers need to be capped before the advertised finish time. …

Bellshill Community Health Clinic »

… Person’s Plus Clinic

At this clinic a doctor will be present

and services will include: STI testing,

STI treatment, BBV testing,

Contraception which includes Implants,

IUD (Intrauterine Device) and

IUS (Intrauterine System).

Wednesday

4pm – 6pm

(drop in until 5.30pm)

Please note, you are advised to attend the Young Person’s Drop In Clinics early as occasionally, due to staff shortages, the clinic numbers need to be capped before the advertised finish time. …

New HIV Self Testing Kits »

… £29.99 plus postage and packaging.

The new kits do not replace free, fast and confidential testing services, which can provide instant support and treatment, as well as testing for other infections, should you need them http://www.lanarkshiresexualhealth.org/hiv- hepatitis /hivclinics/hiv-clinics/  

Click here for more information: http://www.lanarkshiresexualhealth.org/hiv-hepatitis/hiv-and- aids /the-hiv-test/

Cambuslang Clinic »

… Person’s Plus Clinic

At this clinic a doctor will be present and services will include:  STI testing, STI treatment, BBV testing, Contraception which includes Implants, IUD (Intrauterine Device) and IUS (Intrauterine System)

Monday

4pm–6pm

(drop in until 5.30pm)

Sexual & Reproductive Health

(formerly Family Planning)

 Monday

9.30am–12 noon

1.30pm–4pm

Integrated Sexual Health Clinic

(formerly Genito-urinary GUMS )

 Monday …

Postal Testing Kits for Chlamydia – temporary removal of service »

NHS Lanarkshire Sexual Health Service has taken the decision not to issue any more Postal Testing Kits for Chlamydia until further notice.  Should you wish to be tested for Chlamydia or any other sexually transmitted infection, we would ask that you click here where you can access all Sexual Health Services across Lanarkshire (please note there are some clinics across Lanarkshire which offer drop in services) or alternatively you can phone our Appointment Line on 0845 618 7191 …

Stress Control Classes in Lanarkshire »

… Lanarkshire.

The classes are delivered in local community facilities and consist of 6 sessions lasting 90 minutes each.  Some of the issues covered during the sessions are:

Information about stress

how to control your body

how to control your thoughts

boosting your self confidence

controlling panic

controlling sleep problems

Classes are currently running across Lanarkshire and to find out your nearest class and book a free place call: 08458725132 or email: …

Terrence Higgins Trust launches two new rapid HIV testing clinics in Lanarkshire »

… and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland is to expland its network of rapid HIV testing clinics to include two locations in Lanarkshire.

The new sessions will run every Tuesday in Cumbernauld and every Thursday in East Kilbride. 

The Cumbernauld clinic will begin on Tuesday 28th January at Cumbernauld Health Centre, North Carbrain Road and will run from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. 

The East Kilbride clinic will start on Thursday 23rd January in the Murray Owen Centre, …

Early Signs and Symptoms of Pregnancy »

… for your particular kit carefully.   If your period doesn’t arrive and you think you may still be pregnant then wait a week and repeat the test or go to your GP or Sexual and Reproductive Health Service for advice.  (For your local clinic go the Services section of this site or to make an appointment phone 0300 303 0251 lines open Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m.to 4.45 p.m).

Where can I get a test?

You can purchase a home pregnancy test at your local pharmacy or supermarket. …

Coatbridge Health Centre »

… Young Person’s Plus Clinic

At this clinic a doctor will be present and services will include: STI testing, STI treatment, BBV testing, Contraception which includes Implants, IUD (Intrauterine Device) and IUS (Intrauterine System).

Monday

4pm – 6pm (drop in until 5.30pm)

Please note, you are advised to attend the Young Person’s Drop In Clinics early as occasionally, due to staff shortages, the clinic numbers need to be capped before the advertised finish time. …

World Aids Day »

… but around 1 in 6 people in the UK living with HIV don’t know they have it – making regular testing very important.

The red ribbon is the international symbol of AIDS awareness and has been in existence for over 20 years now.  It is a simple and powerful way to challenge stigma and prejudice around HIV and also shows support for people living with HIV.

In Lanarkshire, World AIDS Day is an opportunity for us to raise awareness with both staff and members of the public about HIV and …

NHS Lanarkshire responds to rise in cases of syphilis »

… .

What is Syphilis?

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted infection (known as an STI ) that affects both men and women. It can be passed on easily through sex, including oral sex.

Often, there are no symptoms, so you may not know you have it.

If you do have symptoms, they may include small red ulcers/sores that appear 10 days to 6 weeks after infection. You can also have a rash, most commonly on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet and can also be over your …

‘Always Hear’ – Scotland Wide HIV Awareness Campaign »

… people themselves.

Supporting the films are HIV information sheets covering HIV Basics, HIV Statistics, HIV Stigma and HIV Myths. More detailed resources are also available for schools and churches. The school and youth group resources are linked to Curriculum for Excellence and produced in association with Education Scotland.

‘Always Hear’ aims to get the truth and information out there about HIV in Scotland; to make everyone aware of HIV and put a stop to stigma and discrimination. …

Integrated Sexual Health Clinics (formerly GUM Clinics) – LanSH site »

… Sexual Health Clinics (formerly Genito-urinary Medicine or GUM Clinics). Please see the new listings page at our Services site: www.lansh.scot.nhs.uk/adult-clinics/

To make an appointment at one of our clinics please call our Appointment Line on  0300 303 0251 (Line open Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 4.45 p.m.)

Women who have experienced sexual assault or abuse should see the EVA Service pages: www.nhslanarkshire.org.uk/Services/

Thank you »

… is set up to allow website users to give us feedback about this site. It is not an online question and answer service.

NHS Lanarkshire does not currently offer this service. To speak to a health adviser or to make an appointment to attend a Lanarkshire based service please call 0300 303 0251.

If you have a sexual health question, see Terrence Higgins Trust’s online ‘ask a question’ service.

Safer Sex »

… sexual pleasure with yourself or your partner. You can use your tongue or your mouth or fingers to stimulate you or your partner’s body. And not just sexual parts either. You see, the whole human body has lots of sensitive nerve endings under the skin, and that means you can get sexual pleasure from being touched or fondled or caressed almost anywhere. Ears, nipples, necks, hips, toes, fingers and backs can be favourite places for some people. If you’re entering into a sexual relationship, …

Inflammation »

… pulling back the foreskin to clean underneath will help.

Sexually Transmitted infections ( sti ’s) can also cause these symptoms.  A sexual health screen can be arranged at you local Integrated Sexual Health Clinics (formerly Genito-urinary GUM ).

Urethritis/Meatitis

Is when the urethra is inflamed. This is usually caused by an STI and requires treatment at a Integrated Sexual Health Clinic (formerly Genito-urinary GUM).  Symptoms can be a pus discharge and pain when …

Gonorrhoea »

… Men and Women

Gonorrhoea in the rectum ( anal passage) often shows no signs; but can cause constipation, pain around the anus, blood or discharge with bowel movements.

There are usually no signs of gonorrhoea in the throat.

Where can I get the test?

If you or your partner are concerned that you may have an infection you should see a doctor. Probably the quickest and best option is to go to a Integrated Sexual Health Clinic (formerly Genito-urinary GUM ). The staff there are …

Oral Sex »

… the Genitals ) is low risk.  However, it is not ‘no risk’ and is also a risk factor for STI, such as Syphilis and Gonorrhoea.  So use a condm for Oral Sex to protect youself and your partner. There are flavoured Condoms available which have been specially designed for oral sex.

Arousal »

… the highest and whatever feels right and good for you may be considered normal.

When interest is stimulated and the sex drive is engaged then arousal is usually manifested in the body. This is probably most noticeable in the male with Erection , but is evident in both males and females in various ways in preparation for sexual activity – in women the Vagina lubricates, the Clitoris swells, the breasts enlarge. In both, heart rate and breathing speed up and there is a feeling of …

Other Methods of Contraception »

… pill must be taken at the same time every day, however, it can be taken up to 12 hours late and still provide contraceptive cover. With all progesterone pills there is no pill free week. This method would be discussed fully with you at the sexual health clinic. If you had no problems in the first 3 months, the POP could be prescribed for 6 – 12 months depending on your health.

THE CONTRACEPTIVE PATCH – EVRA

There is now a contraceptive patch containing hormones similar to the …

Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive Methods (LARC) »

… of the implant involves a small amount of local anaesthetic in your arm but there are no stitches and you do not require to be put to sleep. The area on the arm is bandaged for 48 hours to reduce swelling. If you think you would like an implant inserted, you would be counselled fully about the benefits and side effects before it is inserted.

The Mirena Contraceptive Device (IUS)

The Mirena is an intra uterine system. This means it is like a coil in that it is fitted into the …

Menopause »

… between heavy Discharge on one occasion and light on another.

Hot flushes may be experienced lasting from seconds to minutes. They may be felt as a minor annoyance or may be severe enough to interfere with normal activity.

With the reduction in the oestrogen being produced, thinning of the tissues of the Vaginal wall may result, as well as decreased lubrication. Vaginal dryness may be accompanied by irritation and itching. Pain may be experienced during Intercourse as a result of …

Infections »

… which have an impact on their sexual health. Some of these are Sexually Transmitted Infections ( STIs ) and some are not (Non STIs).

Society at large tends to make the assumption that sexuality and associated sexual health is the prerogative of the young. Apart from being mistaken, this presumption may also be misleading.

Sexually Transmitted Infections do not distinguish between the 18 year old and the 80 year old – the same risks apply in undertaking similar sexual activities …

Stroke »

… no interest in Sex before a stroke, this is unlikely to change. How a stroke affects your existing sex life depends upon the extent of impairment and the level of your recovery. Many people make a good or even a full recovery with no significant side effects to sexual activity. The more Debilitating the stroke, the greater the difficulties may be in resuming sexual activity. Remember though that recovery can continue for a very long time and is not restricted to only a few weeks. …

Cervical Cancer »

… to do is to speak with your doctor about the necessity of arranging regular cervical smear testing, and ALWAYS keep your appointments. 25% of women who develop cervical cancer die – there is no need for this to happen to you.

It is recommended that cervical smears are carried out from age 20 and should be carried out at 3 yearly intervals thereafter, until the age of 60.

By practicing safer sex to prevent infections which increase your risk as well as affecting your health in …

Trauma »

If you have experienced abuse – childhood sexual abuse, rape or sexual assault or domestic abuse – at any time in your life, this can be physically and emotionally traumatic.

Everyone is different and we all respond to events in our lives in our own way. If you have experienced trauma repeatedly over a long time, or it has got worse, then you might have more extreme responses. Sometimes we try not to think about what has happened to us because we feel ashamed or guilty or …

Discrimination »

Sexual discrimination is not the same as harassment, but it is still an important issue in the workplace.

Sometimes it is obvious. If you are treated unfairly in any way because of your gender (and you can show that someone of a different gender would not be treated that way) then this is direct discrimination. Indirect discrimination refers to conditions that are set down for a job that unfairly limit the chances of particular genders.

Equality …

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C Card Scheme »

… and can also help protect against unintended pregnancy.

Here are some frequently asked questions on what the scheme is about and how to use it.

Where do I get my C Card from?

You can pick up a C Card and leaflet from over 100 health centres, GP practices and pharmacies. Look for the sign – Free Condoms, No Fuss Available Here.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a C Card, you can still ask for condoms in any of the C Card centres.

Find a C Card centre on our SH …

Houldsworth Centre (Previously Wishaw Health Centre) »

… Person’s Plus Clinic

At this clinic a doctor will be present and services will include: STI testing, STI treatment, BBV testing, Contraception which includes Implants , IUD (Intrauterine Device) and IUS (Intrauterine System).

Wednesday

4pm – 6pm (drop in until 5.30pm)

Please note, you are advised to attend the Young Person’s Drop In Clinics early as occasionally, due to staff shortages, the clinic numbers need to be capped before the advertised finish …

Hunter Health Centre »

… Person’s Plus Clinic

At this clinic a doctor will be present and services will include:

STI testing, STI treatment, BBV testing, Contraception which includes Implants, IUD (Intrauterine Device) and IUS (Intrauterine System)

Thursday

4pm – 6pm

(drop in until 5.30pm)

Please note, you are advised to attend the Young Person’s Drop In Clinics early as occasionally, due to staff shortages, the clinic numbers need to be capped before the advertised finish time. …

Online Sexplanations »

… a range of services for young people aged 20 and under.  The services include contraception, STI testing and treatment, BBV testing, free condoms, general information and advice.

The mobile phone app, called ‘YP Services’, complements this service by providing young people with a resource at their fingertips electronically.  Young People can use the app to find out where to locate their nearest YPSH clinic and also gain access a wide variety of information and signpost them to …

Chlamydia »

… people who have chlamydia do not have any symptoms, so it is possible to have this infection and still feel well. The simple answer is to have a test. It is estimated that one in ten young people who are sexually active could have chlamydia.

What are the symptoms?

Men – Approximately 50% of men have no symptoms, but those who do may have:

pain or discomfort when passing urine

Discharge or pus from the end of the Penis

discomfort or swelling in the testicles …

Motherwell Health Centre »

… Person’s Plus Clinic

At this clinic a doctor will be present and services will include: STI testing, STI treatment, BBV testing, Contraception which includes Implants, IUD (Intrauterine Device) and IUS (Intrauterine System).

Tuesday

4pm – 6pm

(drop in until 5.30pm)

Please note, you are advised to attend the Young Person’s Drop In Clinics early as occasionally, due to staff shortages, the clinic numbers need to be capped before the advertised finish time. …

Welcome »

… be signposted to another source where you can get the information you are looking for. We are realistic however and know that we can’t provide absolutely all the information that people might need, so if there is something you are looking for and it isn’t here we really want to know about it so that we can put this right. We really do look forward to hearing what you have to say.

NSU »

… penis. This is often clear or whitish but can also be grey or yellow

Pain or swelling in the testicles.

 

Symptoms may develop within a few weeks of getting the infection but many people who have chlamydia or NSU have no symptoms.

What should I do?

If you or your partner are concerned that you may have an infection you should see a doctor. You can go to your own doctor but it may be better to go to a Integrated Sexual Health Clinic (formerly Genito-urinary GUM). There is a …

Parents »

… The Talk 2 website, below, should give you some useful tips on how to respond to those awkward questions that children often ask!

Sex education shouldn’t be a one-off talk but a gradual process of communication, starting when a child is small and continuing until they are adults. If your children grow up knowing that you are comfortable talking about sex and relationships it is likely that they will come to you for support when they need it.

The Talk 2 website has pages about all age …

Going on Holiday? »

… holiday it is important to remember to protect yourself from Sexually Transmitted Infections ( STI ) and HIV.  Before you head off on holiday if you need a supply of your regular contraception to take with you then contact your local sexual health clinic on 0300 303 0251 (Line open Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 4.45 p.m.).  If you are looking for condoms then please use our Free Condoms, No Fuss Service, for more information on where to obtain your free condoms please go to the …

Syphilis »

… deafness or eye problems.

Late Syphilis

Often has no signs or symptoms, but the syphilis is still in the body and will show up only in a blood test for syphilis. If left untreated, damage can be done to the brain, nervous system, bones, eyes and other organs, and this may not be apparent for years.

How is Syphilis passed on?

Syphilis can be easily spread through vaginal, anal and oral sex.  Even if you have had the infection before you can catch it again. Syphilis may …

Genital Warts »

… oils or foams, vaginal deodorants, disinfectants or any cream or moisturisers, as they might sting. You should wear cotton underwear to keep you cool.

Will the warts come back?

Warts usually start to go after just a few treatments. Sometimes they can take several months to go completely. However it is important to remember that the treatments are for cosmetic reasons only and they do not clear your body of the genital wart virus. Eventually your own immune system will clear the …

Herpes »

… bicarbonate of soda (also lying in such a bath can ease discomfort), then keep dry afterwards. Resting (e.g. in bed) will help flu-like symptoms and will also help avoid friction on the ulcers. Mild painkillers may also help. If passing urine is particularly painful, you could try pouring warm water over the affected area, or passing urine in the bath. Avoid any risk of spreading the infection to other parts of your body. Wash your hands thoroughly after touching the affected area.

Will …

Body Image »

… music and films all surround us with examples of ‘beautiful people’ and images that are unrealistic and unattainable for most of us. These images teach us to be conscious of our body size, shape, weight and physical attributes. There is a great deal of pressure particularly on young people to conform to these ideals, and if they can’t, they may face rejection or ridicule.

Sexual images and ideals are continuously used in the media and advertising. These may represent a look or a …

HIV & Hepatitis Clinics »

… clinic is provided by specialist doctors and nurses who are trained in HIV management. For HIV testing, appointments can generally be more flexible. The secretaries will try to give you an appointment time that suits you.

Once someone is tested and diagnosed positive with Hepatitis B, C or HIV  they will be referred to the specialist treatment services to be assessed for treatment.

Hairmyres Hepatitis Service

Gastro Nurse Office – Ward 17

Hairmyres Hospital

Eaglesham Road …

Young Persons Clinics »

… differ from clinic to clinic but all offer:

Information/advice on all sexual health issues

STI screening

Pregnancy testing

Contraception

Referral to other services (e.g. smoking cessation, mainstream sexual health services)

Free Condoms

Please note, you are advised to attend the Young Person’s Drop In Clinics early as occasionally, due to staff shortages, the clinic numbers need to be capped before the advertised finish time.

What is available at Young Persons Clinics? »

… differ from clinic to clinic but all offer:

Information/advice on all sexual health issues

STI screening

Pregnancy testing

Contraception

Referral to other services (smoking cessation, mainstream sexual health services)

FREE CONDOMS

Sexual Harassment »

… indecent remarks or name calling using demeaning words that are gender specific,

questions about someone’s sex life,

demeaning comments about someone’s appearance,

uninvited physical contact, and

any other behaviour of a sexual nature that could cause someone to feel intimidated or create an environment that is hostile or humiliating.

Nobody should be subjected to sexual harassment of any kind. Everybody has different ideas of what they think is …

How do I talk to my partner? »

… If someone in a relationship discovers that they have a sexually-transmitted infection ( STI ), it can sometimes be the cause of tension and arguments, and questions of where it came from. Remember that many STIs do not show themselves immediately, and may have even been picked up some years before. Therefore if someone is in a relationship and a sexually-transmitted infection shows up, it does not automatically mean that either partner has been unfaithful.

If you discover that …

What’s that smell? »

… body has its own particular smell, and we are quite familiar with our own individual smells. Distinctive smells of sweat or faeces (poo) are well known to all of us. As the body goes through its sexual development, it also produces chemicals that have particular effects on the smell of the body.

These chemicals are contained in the natural substances the body releases, like sweat, Vaginal fluid or Semen . Thus most smells are not associated with any Infections .

If …

It hurts when I pee »

Sometimes people experience a ‘stinging’ sensation when passing water because of a change in their urine. Some people talk about a burning sensation, others about pain. If it is caused by some kind of infection, then it will probably need to be treated to clear it up.

There are a number of Infections that can cause discomfort when passing urine. Some are sexually-transmitted infections: for example Chlamydia , NSU …

Who should use contraception? »

… and female Condoms that can provide protection against sexually-transmitted Infections ( STIs ).

The question of who is responsible for the use of contraception is much debated. The simple way of looking at it is that contraception should be used by anyone having a sexual relationship who wants to avoid the risk of pregnancy. Condoms will give protection to both partners against STIs. Each person is responsible for their own sexual health, and has a responsibility to their partner …

Who can I talk to? »

… confuse the subject and cause unnecessary worry for people who are looking for answers to their questions.

There should not be any stigma around sexual health – it is just another part of our general well-being. However, recognizing that people may need some extra reassurance and be confident of getting accurate information in a confidential and welcoming setting, sexual health services (also called Integrated Sexual Health clinics) are staffed by experts who are used to helping people …

Painful Sex »

… occurring during pregnancy.

Chronic pain is associated with conditions which are longer lasting, such as untreated pelvic inflammatory disease ( PID ) or Endometriosis.

Pain which only tends to occur during penetrative sex, or is aggravated by this, is experienced by as many as 15% of women. The general term used to describe this kind of pain is dyspareunia. It can be caused by quite superficial contact with the genitalia or with deeper penetration. The degree of pain …

Unable to Orgasm (Anorgasmia) »

… of men, women are theoretically capable of experiencing multiple orgasms with sufficient sexual stimulation. However, it has been estimated that only 25% of women experience orgasm with penetrative sex alone, with many others requiring additional clitoral stimulation. As many as 12% never attain orgasm, this being known as anorgasmia.

This does not stop sex from being enjoyable or pleasurable, and lack of orgasm is only a problem if the woman feels it to be so.

Physical causes of …

Difficulty with Penetration (Vaginismus) »

… you consider sex to be e.g. “wicked” or “dirty” you might find yourself involuntarily resisting it even in what might be socially acceptable circumstances such as marriage. This is thought to be one of the main reasons for unconsummated marriage.

Don’t put up with this condition as psycho-sexual counselling or therapy is likely to prove successful. You should feel confident in talking this over with your doctor or nurse, who will arrange for the appropriate treatment for you.

Can’t Get / Keep an Erection »

… Who does it affect?

Erectile dysfunction is a surprisingly common experience. It has been estimated that at least 1 in 10 men is affected to some extent yet, because of the embarrassment and even shame which has been attached to this condition, many men do not seek treatment. Growing older is a factor, with the number of those experiencing erectile dysfunction increasing with age, but it affects the entire range from the youngest to the oldest.

How do I find out what causes my …