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Sex, relationships and disability – supporting Sexual Health Week

11 September 2019

Sexual health week runs from 16 to 22 September 2019.

The theme for Sexual Health Week 2019 is sex, relationships and disability.

CNWL offers inclusive services for everyone across its sexual health clinics. This means

  • Friendly, understanding staff to help you throughout your visit
  • Testing for sexually transmitted infections
  • Treatments, if you need them
  • Advice and information about sexual health, sexual behaviour and sexual problems
  • Free condoms and help with using them correctly
  • Contraceptive services.

In Camden and Islington, the Trust has a service called The Bridge for people with learning disabilities who live in the area. There is a guide that tells you more about The Bridge.  Have a read so you can find out what to expect when you go there. People with learning disabilities can refer themselves or be referred by a GP, family member, carer, case workers or social worker.

At the clinic, we will always try to see you on your own; but if you want to bring someone with you then you can. Staff can offer a longer appointment time, if required too. All the clinics are on the website Access Able. This provides information about the clinic and you can see where the accessibility ramp is, where the disabled toilets are and the layout of the clinic to help you feel comfortable before visiting.

In Surrey we have three main clinics in Guildford, Redhill and Woking where you can have a sexual health check-up, treatment, contraceptive care and get advice. There are smaller clinics at Epsom, Leatherhead, Stanwell and Addlestone for contraception services too. We have two clinics specifically for the care of those living with HIV in Guildford and Redhill. You can also order sexual health self-testing kits to use at home if you find it hard to get to a clinic due a condition or just prefer this. As well as this you can also order contraception (the pill) online.

In London you can visit our larger clinics at the Mortimer Market Centre or Archway Centre (Camden and Islington) or a clinic local to you in Barnet, Haringey, Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster or Hammersmith and Fulham. Visit CNWL's sexual health website. This includes the Bloomsbury clinic at the Mortimer Market Centre where they offer free and confidential treatments and care for people with HIV and hepatitis. You can also access The Freedoms Shop, a place run by CNWL where you can get discounted condoms and lube.

CNWL is inclusive in lots of other ways too;  the Trust runs an outreach programme to support the needs of men who have sex with men and people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, non-binary or any other identity and offers specialist services for vulnerable groups such as the homeless and sex workers.

You can book appointments online, order sexual health testing kits to use at home, and find out more about our services in your area on this website.

Throughout the week follow #SHW19 and @CNWLSexHealth for updates and find out more about sexual health week on this website.