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Sexual health

​Sexual health is an important part of your over-all health and well-being. If you have children, it’s good to talk about sex and the issues surrounding contraception and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

There are different services that can give you advice and help you to make informed choices about your sexual health and contraception.

Sexually transmitted infections(STIs)

STIs are passed from one person to another through unprotected sex or genital contact. Sexual health services to test and treat for them are free, confidential and available to everyone regardless of sex, age, ethnic origin and sexual orientation.

STIs testing


If you need an STI test urgently, you can book an appointment at one of the sexual health clinics  available in Cardiff and the surrounding areas.

You can have basic tests for chlamydia and gonorrhoea in any of them, but only Cardiff Royal Infirmary offers full STI checks, including blood tests.

Emergency contraception

 Emergency contraception can be taken up to 72 hours after unprotected sex but the longer you wait, the less effective it is. It is available free from:


  • Your GP
  • Sexual health clinics
  • From most pharmacists

Get information about sexual health services​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window available in Cardiff.

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