Sexual Health


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.

Please check out the 'Where can I go for sexual health and contraception services in York?' document for further information.

YorSexual Health

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

  • Contraception

  • 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.

YorSexual Health Clinics

YorSexual Health also run a free and confidential sexual health service on campus every Wednesday during term time from 12:30- 15:00. The session is held in:

  • CII Building, The Centre of Immunology and Infection, Heslington, YO10 5DD

For up to date information in relation to this clinic, please check here.

Please note that this is an appointment only service, appointments can be made by ringing 01904 721111. 

Alternatively, you can book onto their online Test & Go 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.


Mesmac/LGBTQ services  

Yorkshire Mesmac provide a range of services for the LGBTQ community, black African communities as well as others adversely affected by HIV. Services and support include:

  • HIV and STI testing drop- in sessions

  • 1-1 support

  • Trans & non-binary sexual health sessions

  • LGBT Youth Group for ages 14-25

  • Sex worker sexual health drop-in

  • Free condoms and lubricants

Mesmac also run free and confidential HIV and STI drop-in sessions at the University of York. The sessions will be held in Room ATB/033 Seebohm Rowntree Building (Health Sciences Student & Academic Support Service) and will take place on the following dates and times:

Wed 4th March 2020  11am-1pm

Wed 1st April 2020     11am-1pm

Wed 15th April 2020   11am-1pm

Wed 6th May 2020      11am-1pm

Mon 18th May 2020    11am-1pm

Wed 3rd June 2020     11am-1pm

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 [email protected] for more information and to arrange an appointment with a specialist support worker.


GP services

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.


YUSU Condom Corners

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:

  • YUSU Helpdesk, The Student Centre, James College

  • Goodricke Wellbeing Hub, Goodricke College, Heslington East Campus.


Nightline

Nightline provide a confidential listening service for students. The service is run by students for students. They also provide a range of free sexual health supplies during term time (8pm-8am) and there can be found at:

  • Grimston House, University of York, YO10 5DD 


BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service)

If you have an unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, the British Pregnancy Advisory Service provide:

  • Unplanned pregnancy counselling

  • Pregnancy options

  • Abortion treatment options

  • Post abortion counselling