A few people in the UK have been diagnosed with a rare infection called monkeypox. While the current outbreak is concerning, the risk to the UK population remains low, but a notable proportion of cases have been in gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men. We encourage these groups to look out for unusual rashes or lesions on the body, especially the genitalia, and contact a sexual health service if they have concerns. 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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