Date of release: 15 September 2016
Embrace, Wolverhampton’s Sexual Health Service, is encouraging the residents of Wolverhampton to regularly get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
In 2015, there were more than 435,000 STI diagnoses in England, and rates across the UK remain high compared to other countries in western Europe.
It's not just young people at risk of STIs; diagnoses among older age groups have been increasing in recent years and we know it can be difficult for people of any age to talk openly about using condoms or getting tested.
You can have an STI and not have any symptoms so we would encourage anyone to have a check-up, regardless of your age or background. It doesn't even have to involve any intimate examinations as you can be tested with just a urine sample or swabs you take yourself.
Embrace, Wolverhampton’s Sexual Health Service, can:
- Offer advice and information about sexual health.
- Test for and treat sexually transmitted infections (including HIV).
- Provide free condoms to all.
- Provide all types of contraception, including pills, injections, implants and coils.
- Provide free emergency contraception within our clinics and at many local pharmacies.
All services provided by Embrace are free, confidential and non-judgmental. They are available to people of all ages, genders and orientations.
Everyone is welcome and you don’t need a referral from your GP to see us – simply attend a walk-in clinic or make an appointment at a time that suits. To find out about walk-in clinic times or to book an appointment please phone 01902 695000.
If you do have an infection, it’s essential to get treatment as soon as possible. STIs are easily treatable, but can cause long-term health problems if left untreated.
For further information please visit our Sexual Health page.