Sexual health

Get information on sexual health.

Sexual health is more than protecting yourself from pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases – it’s about being informed, confident and in control, respected and respectful.

Understanding sexual health

16- to 25-year-olds have the highest diagnosis rates of sexually transmitted infection (STIs) of any age group. Protecting your own and your partner's sexual health is key to having enjoyable and healthy sex, whatever your relationship situation.

Contraception

There are many different types of contraception available and you may need to try a few to find what works best for you. Barrier protection such as condoms prevents STIs as well but not all contraception does.

Find out about the different types of contraception available.

Sexually transmitted infection (STI)

It is possible to have an STI but have no obvious symptoms so it’s a good idea to always get tested in-between sexual partners. Use barrier protection with new partners at least until you have both got tested, are exclusively seeing each other and are using an alternative form of contraception. Find out more about preventing STIs.

If you think you have an STI, don't panic. Go to your doctors' surgery, the University Health Centre or local sexual health clinic and get tested, and treated if required. Left untreated, STIs impact on your overall health and sometimes affect your fertility long term.

You can find out more about symptoms and types of STIs on the NHS website.

Get support and advice on sexual health

If you have any concerns about sexual health or are having relationship problems, plenty of help and support is available:

Support for victims of sexual violence and abuse

Report and support – Our online tool has been developed for UWE Bristol students. If you've experienced, seen or heard something that doesn't feel right, #Speak Up

You can choose to speak with one of our trained advisers so they can discretely investigate incidents, or you can report issues anonymously without action being taken. Get support if you or someone you know is experiencing sexual harrassment, sexual misconduct or domestic abuse. Reports of abuse of any kind are taken extremely seriously and investigated under the Student Conduct Policy.

Consent

Consent is mutual and a free choice. If you're not sure about a situation, ask. It’s your right to have control over your body, to express what you want; when; with whom and how, to change your mind and stop at any time. It’s your responsibility to respect the same rights of others.

Consent training

You can access free training on consent from Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support (SARSAS).

Unwanted touching and groping

Everyone has the right to not be touched by another when they haven't consented. Unwanted sexual touching and groping is a crime.