There has recently been an increase in monkeypox cases within the UK, however the risk of catching it remains low. Monkeypox can affect anyone; however the majority of monkeypox cases in the UK continue to be in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM), with the infection being passed on mainly through close contact between people in interconnected sexual networks. Therefore, these groups in particular are advised to be aware of the symptoms, especially any new rashes or lesions on any part of their body. If you have symptoms of monkeypox please contact a sexual health service or call NHS 111. For more information, please visit nhs.uk.

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Sexual Health Matters

What is sexual health?

  • A state of physical, emotional, mental and social wellbeing in relation to sexuality; it is not just the absence of disease
  • A positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships
  • The possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence
  • The sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled

In this section you can find information about some common sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and how they are spread, how to access a test if you think you might be at risk of an STI and where to go for help and treatment if you think you have symptoms.

You will also find information on the different methods of contraception that can be used to prevent pregnancy and help to find out which method might be best for you and where you can access contraception and contraceptive advice in Berkshire.

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