Be sexually healthy

COVID-19 Service Update: Please note that some of the services listed below may be operating at a reduced level during the Covid-19 pandemic period.  Please call the Lancashire Sexual Health Service (tel. 0300 123 6750), your pharmacist or GP prior to visiting a clinic to find out the best means of getting sexual health advice or treatment. 

Postal STI testing for HIV, syphilis and chlamydia testing for under 25s remains available through the links below.


Our clinics offer a free and confidential sexual health service to everyone in Lancashire, regardless of your age, gender or sexual orientation. We won't judge or lecture you. Each year more than 100,000 people attend sexual health clinics in Lancashire. You are not on your own and help is available.

Our services offer advice and support on all aspects of sexual health, including; contraception, screening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and counselling for people experiencing psychological problems relating to sexual relationships.

For information or to book an appointment visit Lancashire Sexual Health Service or call 0300 123 6750.

If you live outside Lancashire, find your nearest sexual health service.

More information about sexual health

The youth zone has information for young people about sex and relationships. The FPA website has more detailed information about contraception and sexual health and NHS choices provides lots of health information including sexual health.


There are many methods of contraception, don't be put off if the first type you use isn't quite right - you can try another.  The NHS choices website provides information about the 15 methods of contraception available on the NHS. 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)

The NHS choices website has information about STIs including:

The table below indicates what sexual health service you need for a number of typical scenarios:

Scenario Service that can help

Chlamydia tests are available at all our Lancashire services for those under 25. Contact 0300 123 6750 and choose option 1.

For home testing and information visit Lancashire Sexual Health Service.

STI screening
(including Chlamydia for those over 25)

Lancashire Sexual Health Service 

STI advice (more than Chlamydia screening)

Genito-urinary medicine (GUM) services

Lancashire Sexual Health Service 


Contact 0300 123 6750 –Choose Option 1 for the following services;

St Peters Health Centre Burnley BB11 2DL

Acorn Primary Care Centre Accrington BB5 1RT

Royal Preston Hospital
Sharoe Green Lane Preston PR2 0HT

Ashton Community Centre
Lancaster LA1 4JT

HIV support

HIV and syphilis testing

Renaissance - for local support
HIV Prevention England

Your own doctor

Genito-urinary medicine (GUM) services

Lancashire Sexual Health Service 

Order a free home HIV test kit

Emergency contraception


A large number (not all) pharmacies provide Emergency Contraception tablets to women of all ages free of charge.

It's a good idea to ring ahead to check they offer the service and that the pharmacist is on duty.

You can also buy it at most pharmacies.

Your own doctor

Urgent care centres (walk in centres) but not Accident and Emergencies.

Lancashire Sexual Health Service 
Pregnancy testing

Pharmacists – at a cost

Your own doctor – free

Sexual health services – free

Lancashire Sexual Health Service 

Abortion advice Sexual health services

Or speak to your doctor who can talk through your options and also refer you to an abortion service if you request one.

For a self-referral contact the following abortion providers directly:

(All abortion services are free on the NHS)

Sexual assault

If your health is at risk call the emergency services on 999.

For forensic examination, counselling and medical care call the SAFE Centre on 01772 523344. They are available 24 hours 7 days a week.

These confidential services are available to anyone who has been a victim of an assault, whether you choose to report the crime to the police or not. 

Information for professionals

If you are a professional interested in sexual health visit the practitioner section for local data and policy information.