Everyone needs to be safe when having sex, regardless of who your partner is. Below are some guides for maintaining good sexual health; from guides about relationship advice, safe sex tips, as well as where and how you can get access to the healthcare you need as a young person of the LGBTQ community.
Sexual Health Hertfordshire provides free and confidential advice and support on all areas of sexual health including contraception, STIs, chlamydia testing and local clinics that offer c-card where, up to the age of 25, you can collect free condoms.
YC Hertfordshire provides a range of support including sexual health services to young people aged 13-19 (up to 21 for those leaving care and up to 24 for those with learning disabilities) through their Access Points. The service is free and confidential and includes:
You will also find information and advice on a number of areas including disability, drugs and alcohol, employment and volunteering at all YC Hertfordshire Access Points.
Clinic U is an LGBTQ specific clinic that runs in Watford and Stevenage, on alternating weeks and offers sexual health services to anyone who identifies as LGBTQ.
LGBT Youth Scotland’s website provides an excellent section on ‘sexual health’ including relationship advice, safe sex tips, where and how to get your sexual health tested (and why it’s very important!) as well as other informative links.
Positively UK is a website which offers youth-specific services to those with HIV, run by HIV positive young people.
Mental health affects everyone. If you want to speak to a trusted adult, you can always contact your local YC Hertfordshire Access Point to speak to someone confidentially who will be able to support you through what might be a difficult time.
If you would prefer to contact someone online, the following organisations will be able to offer support at a time that suits you, day or night:
Kooth.com is free online emotional and mental health support for young people in Hertfordshire aged 10 to 25, and registered with a Hertfordshire GP surgery. Kooth’s counsellors and therapists are available until 10pm, 365 days a year. Sign up, choose an avatar (an online character) to represent you anonymously and have an online chat with a counsellor or therapist.
Users can also talk to other young people anonymously on the moderated forums whenever they like.
Childline is a 24-hour service but during the night, counsellors need to prioritise chats where they feel a young person is at risk or unsafe.
Get Connected is the UK's free, confidential helpline service for young people under 25 who need help, but don't know where to turn. By phone or webchat open from 11am–11pm and 24/7 by email.
Kidscape provide young people, parents and professionals with the skills to tackle bullying and safeguarding issues across the UK.
YoungMinds offer information to young people and children about mental health and emotional wellbeing.
This NHS information page contains info to show how LGBTQ people can access the healthcare they need, and how much easier it is now. It also has information on the importance of caring for your health as a member of the LGBTQ community.
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Young Pride in Herts offers support, information and advice to the young LGBTQ community, and to those who may be struggling with their sexuality or gender, in Hertfordshire.
If you need support, want to get involved in changing services in the county or are a friend/parent or carer who needs advice, please contact us through our contact page.