Developing a sense of sexual identity is a significant part of adolescent development. Staying safe, healthy and happy through the process is important. In the UK, the age of consent to any form of sexual activity is 16 for both men and women, whether they are heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual.
When you decide to have sex, there’s the possibility of pregnancy, catching a sexually transmitted infection (STI) such as chlamydia. Whoever you’re thinking of having sex with, it’s vital to talk about contraception and condoms before you have sex. Both individuals in a relationship have a responsibility to have this conversation.
Starting a conversation about the different types of contraception could be a good way to start talking about other issues to do with sex, such as how you feel about it and what you do and don’t want to do.
Spectrum provides high quality sexual health services that help people make positive choices about maintain good sexual health, contraception and protection against STIs (Sexually transmitted Infections). They offer advice and practical help including pregnancy testing, cervical smear testing and full STI screenings, all within a friendly and supportive environment.
If you’re aged between 16 and 25 years and live in the Wakefield and Barnsley Districts, you can get free condoms from us through the C-Card scheme. Using condoms is the best way to prevent you from getting or spreading sexually transmitted infections, not to mention avoiding pregnancy.
For more information regarding sexual health please visit Spectrum’s website: www.sexual-health.co.uk