Healthcare – Sexual
If you are looking for information, advice, contraception or testing for sexually transmitted diseases, then there are a wide range of sexual health services available in the city and on campus.
The YUSU and GSA Offices provide free and discrete sexual health provisions for students studying at York. You can find condoms (including regular, flavoured, magnum and snug fit), lubricant and pregnancy tests at their condom corners.
YorSexual Health provide free sexual health and contraception services in York and North Yorkshire. You do not need to be registered with a Doctor in York to access their services. They provide a wide range of services including:
- Testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases
- HIV testing, treatment and support
- Sexual health counselling
- ‘PEPSE’ (post-exposure prophylaxis sexual exposure HIV treatment)
- Information and support
- Care and management following sexual assault
- Free condoms
- Free and confidential postal tests for sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV
You can book tests via Yorsexual Health’s online booking and testing service. This service allows patients with no symptoms to order a routine sexual health screen for chlamydia, gonorrhoea, syphilis and HIV online and for the test to be posted to your home address.
Please be aware that YorSexual Health are no longer able to supply repeat contraceptive pills, patches, injections and rings for patients aged 20 years and over. If you require repeat contraception, you can access these from your GP.
HIV Support Service
HIV treatment is highly effective in improving the quality of life of people living with HIV. Now, with U=U (undetectable = untransmittable), treatment is also an effective way of preventing passing on HIV to partners. However, living with HIV is not always easy, and comes with its own unique challenges. That is why YorSexualHealth now runs a specialist HIV Support Service for people living with HIV as well as their partners and carers. The service offers free, confidential, specialist advice and support to all students at the University of York who may be living with HIV, or are affected by HIV. You do not need to be accessing the clinic for treatment in order to access support. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to arrange an appointment with a specialist support worker.
Your Doctor should be able to prescribe contraception medication if you are registered with a GP Practice. Some GP surgeries and Practice Nurses also offer a range of sexual health services – please contact your local practice to find out what is available.
The GSA and YUSU work closely with YorSexual Health and are therefore able to provide a range of free sexual health supplies for all students at the University of York. Our Condom Corners stock condoms, lubricants, dental dams, chlamydia tests, pregnancy tests and YorSexual Health information. Supplies can be found at:
GSA Office, Vanbrugh College (freebie table)
YUSU Helpdesk, The Student Centre, James College
Goodricke Wellbeing Hub, Goodricke College, Heslington East Campus.
BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service)
If you have an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service provide:
Unplanned pregnancy counselling
Abortion treatment options
Post abortion counselling