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Contraception and Sexual Health


Sexual Health Services
Sexual Assault
Emergency Contraception
Support Services


*Please be aware that given then current situation around COVID-19 and relevant guidance, there have been some service changes which may affect availability of some of the services listed below. Please visit individual service webpages (links below) for the most up to date information on service availability and the best ways to access
**Derbyshire Residents (Glossop area) please visit Integrated Sexual Health Service Your Sexual Health Matters or call 0800 328 3383 for all up to date information regarding the service.

Sexual Health Services

All Contraception and Sexual Health Services are open access which means that people can use any clinics in any area.
Tameside’s Contraception and Sexual Health Service is The Northern Contraception, Sexual Health and HIV Service at The Orange rooms, Ashton Primary Care Centre, 193 Old Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7SR
This service offers:
  • testing and treatments of all Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) including HIV
  • all methods of contraception including implants, coils and emergency contraception
  • pregnancy testing
  • and all relevant sexual health advice.
These clinics are free and confidential and the doctors, nurses and health advisors are happy to help.
The Service also offers an online service for people who have no symptoms, but would like a sexual health check-up using a kit sent through the post. Kits are available to all ages. Complete an online form to determine what tests will be within the kit. Return the completed tests in a freepost envelope and results are given within 14 days. Please note that this is an STI screening service and is not meant as a substitute for a face to face visit.  
For more information, to access the clinic, to book an appointment, or request an online kit please visit their The Northern Contraception, Sexual Health and HIV Service.


YOUthink are a specialist team for sexual health intervention and prevention, which focus on improving young people’s sexual health. The team is made up of youth workers who offer FREE one to one individual support to young people aged under 25 to access local contraception and sexual health services. The service also offers a variety of services including: pregnancy testing, condom distribution, advice and support.
The Service is confidential and designed to keep young people SAFE and not judge.
To contact YOUthink about any sexual health issue, or ask a question about services, Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4.30pm:
  • Tel: 0161 342 5600 or 0161 342 5671 or 0161 342 5672 and ask to speak to someone from the YOUthink team.Or visit 31 Young People’s Centre, Clarence Arcade, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7PT.

Sexual Assault

St. Mary's Sexual Assault Referral Centre, York Place, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9WL. Tel: 0161 276 6515 (24 hour helpline) or visit.

Emergency Contraception

If you have had unprotected sex you may be at risk of pregnancy and if you do not want to be pregnant you may need emergency contraception. This can be accessed free of charge from:  
Your emergency contraceptive options will include:
  • a copper intrauterine device - its the most effective form of emergency contraception and can act as emergency contraception if they are fitted within 120 hours (up to 5 Days) of unprotected sex.
  • oral emergency hormonal contraception - needs to be taken within 120 hours (up to 5 days) of unprotected sex, but the sooner you take it the better the chance of it working. However this will only help protect you against one episode of unprotected sex, so it’s important to use other contraception such as condoms for the rest of your cycle, and until you can start a more effective method.


Contraception is used to help prevent an unplanned pregnancy. There are over a dozen methods of contraception to choose from. Most women want to use a method of contraception that is safe, reliable, and does not require too much thinking about. There are four methods that fit this description: contraceptive implants, IUDs (intrauterine devices), IUSs (intrauterine systems), and contraceptive injections. These are long-acting methods of contraception. Other popular methods include the contraceptive pill and the progestogen-only pill.
For more information contact and to access contraception contact:  


Deciding to have an abortion can be a difficult decision to make. Talking through the options with a doctor or nurse can help you reach your decision. Contact:  
If you decide to go ahead then contact Central Booking Manchester, as they make the appointments for all the clinics in Greater Manchester.
Book a consultation on 0345 365 0565, during the following times:
  • Mon to Fri: 8am - 9pm
  • Sat: 9am - 6.30pm
  • Sun: 9.30am - 2.30pm
The calls are charged at a local rate. The number might appear on your bill.


Why test?
People can live with HIV for years before having any symptoms. The only way to be sure is to have an HIV test. Getting tested for HIV means that, if you are infected with the virus, you can receive treatment and care before the infection causes too much damage to your body and health. Early diagnosis and treatment of HIV is associated with near normal life expectancy. It is really important to get tested regularly for HIV, if you are sexually active and when you change sexual partners, because HIV often has no symptoms.
How can I get an HIV test?
HIV tests are available from a range of services:  
Exposure to HIV
Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP):  

Support Services

  • George House Trust provides support for people living with HIV Call 0161 274 4499 or email: talk@ght.org.uk
  • LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering a wide range of services to lesbian, gay and bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities. The LGBT Foundation offer some sexual health services including Point of Care testing for HIV.
  • BHA For Equality are Greater Manchester Sexual Health service and provides prevention and support services for anyone at risk of, living with or affected by HIV in Greater Manchester.
  • GMPaSH – Passionate about Sexual Health across Greater Manchester is a partnership of BHA for Equality, George House Trust and LGBT Foundation to deliver STI and HIV prevention and support. The website has lots of information on sexual health, HIV, PREP, contraception, links to services and much more. There is also a link to a low cost condom scheme provided by the NHS Freedoms service.
  • SEXWISE – online honest advice about contraception, pregnancy, STIs and pleasure.