Sexual health

Information about sexual health services in Leicester including emergency contraception, pregnancy support and free, confidential HIV testing.

Further information

What is the situation in Leicester?

Leicester has a high fertility rate, compared to the rest of the country. There is also a high rate of teenage pregnancy in the city, and abortion among all ages is higher than the national average. The number of people living with HIV is also significantly higher.

What services can I access?

It is important to regularly test for HIV, as part of your regular health care routine. The earlier HIV is diagnosed, the quicker you can start treatment and can mean a better and longer life. Treatment is now much easier and can mean that HIV is not passed on to others. Treatment for HIV is much simpler than it once was and does not need large amounts of medication.

There are plenty of places locally to get tested, it's simple, free, quick and confidential. 

You can get a finger-prick HIV test from the following locations in Leicester:

  • Trade - 0116 254 1747
  • LASS – 0116 255 9995

For other locations, please visit the Integrated Sexual Health Service website for more information.

HIV is a virus most commonly caught by having unprotected sex or by sharing infected needles to inject drugs.

Testing for HIV is important, as the earlier it is diagnosed, the more effective the treatment.

You get your results in less than 30 minutes and the test is 99.96 per cent accurate.

If you have had unprotected sex or a condom failure within the past three days, when having sex with someone who is or may be HIV positive, you can take some medication that may prevent the HIV virus taking hold in your body. This must be taken within 72 hours.

To access this medication call the Integrated Sexual Health Service on 0800 318 908 or 0300 124 0102. This service is available between 9am and 8pm from Monday to Friday.

The service is also available on a Saturday by calling 0116 295 1212 between 10am and 3pm. Outside these hours, you should go to the accident and emergency department at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Pregnancy

If you have had a positive pregnancy test you should contact your GP as soon as possible to start your antenatal care or call the Community Midwives on 0116 258 4834.

If you have had a positive pregnancy test and you do not want to be pregnant, act quickly so that you will have the greatest number of options open to you.

For help, advice and support:

Emergency contraception

If you’ve had unprotected sex and do not want to get pregnant, you can take the morning after pill up to 72 hours after unprotected sex. It is more effective the sooner you take it.

You can also have a coil inserted into the womb which will prevent pregnancies. This can be done up to five days after unprotected sex and can be left in to prevent pregnancies. This is done by your doctor.

More information

There is more information available about sexual health, including advice on talking about sex, STIs, penis health, fertility and gay health on NHS Choices.