Sexual health

Services to support your sexual health are available from your GP, most Island pharmacies and Solent NHS Trust, based at St Mary’s Hospital. Information on sexually transmitted infections (STIs), pregnancy worries or contraception can be found on the NHS Let's Talk about it website.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

If you feel you need to be seen by a professional please telephone 0300 300 2016. You will be triaged (allocated) for either a telephone assessment or face to face appointment.

If you have had unprotected sex and think that you may have put yourself at risk of a sexually transmitted infection you can get a free online test kit from the NHS Let's Talk about it website: order a test online.


All methods of contraception are free and you can get them from your GP. They provide free and confidential advice including a range of contraceptive methods:

  • emergency contraception,
  • contraceptive pills,
  • injections,
  • coils,
  • implants.

The NHS contraception guide provides information on each method of contraception.

Emergency contraception (morning after pill)

Emergency contraception (morning after pill) is available free of charge from most Island pharmacies, your GP and the Sexual Health clinic. The service is confidential and available to women of all ages including young people under 16 years old.

Emergency contraception is most effective if taken within 72 hours (3 days). Depending on type of emergency contraception it can be taken up to 120 hours (5 days) after unprotected sex.

If it has been more than five days please contact the sexual health clinic to discuss your options telephone: 0300 300 2016.