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Sexual Health

Sexual Health Check up

The Amethyst Centre can give you advice on how to be screened for sexually transmitted infections and when would be the most appropriate time to be tested. An appointment can be made for you to attend the Amethyst Centre Sexual Health clinic or a clinic more convenient to your local area. Sexually transmitted infections can have a major impact on your health so it is important to receive the right medical treatment as soon as possible. It is possible to have a sexually transmitted infection and not have any symptoms.

You can be tested for a number of different infections these may include:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhoea
  • HIV
  • Hepatitis B and C
  • Syphilis

We will also advise you of any further follow up required and give you written information.

Hepatitis and HIV - PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis)

The doctor will decide with you if any treatment is needed to help reduce the chance of you developing HIV or Hepatitis B infection from the assault.

There is a medical treatment called PEP (this means Post Exposure Prophylaxis) that can reduce this risk.

If required, HIV medication should be started as soon as possible after the attack and within 72 hours.

If required, Hepatitis B vaccination should be started within 6 weeks of the attack.

For HIV PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) you would need to take tablets for 28 days. The Amethyst Centre will give you tablets for the first 5 days and arrange an appointment to attend a sexual health clinic convenient to your local area who will continue your ongoing care and treatment.

For Hepatitis B PEP (Post Exposure Prophylaxis) you will need a course of vaccinations which can be facilitated by your GP or a sexual health clinic local to your area.

Emergency Contraception

There are two methods of emergency contraception, the emergency contraceptive pill and the emergency inter-uterine device (IUD or copper coil)

  • The Emergency Contraceptive Pill
    There are two types of emergency contraceptive pill. One can be taken up to 3 days after sex and the other can be taken up to 5 days after sex. The doctor will discuss with you which one would be best for you. The sooner the emergency contraceptive pill is taken after sex the more effective it is likely to be. It is possible to become pregnant even after taking it.

  • Emergency Inter-uterine device (IUD or copper coil)
    An IUD can be used up to 5 days after sex (and sometimes even longer, depending on when your last period was). A specially trained doctor or nurse should fit the IUD. It is recognised to be 99% effective.

If you feel unable to report a rape and do not want to contact the Amethyst Centre you can find out more about emergency contraception from Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, your GP, pharmacy or local A&E department.

If in doubt please call Amethyst to speak to one of the team.

Remember the sooner you take emergency contraception after sex the more effective it is likely to be.