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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If you think you could be pregnant you should do a pregnancy test as soon as possible. You can buy a pregnancy testing kit from any pharmacy e.g. Clearblue. You can do a pregnancy test from the first day of a missed period. It’s best to test the first urine sample in the morning as this will be more concentrated. If you do the test too early in pregnancy it may not show up and will give you an incorrect result.

If you don’t know when your next period is due you can do a test 3 weeks after unprotected sex.

Free pregnancy testing is available from the following services:

I am pregnant - what next?

If the pregnancy test is positive this means you are pregnant. Most self-test kits are reliable.
Whatever you feel you need to make a decision about what you want to do. The decision is yours; never feel pressurised by others to do something you don’t want to do.

There are three options for you to think about:

  • continue with the pregnancy
  • end the pregnancy by having an abortion
  • continue with the pregnancy and have the baby adopted or fostered

It is important not to delay making your decision. Abortion is safer and easier the earlier it is done in pregnancy and needs in most circumstances to be done before 13 weeks gestation (13 weeks from first day of last period). It is important to get advice as soon as possible, because it can take a month to organise things.

The following services can help you make your decision by providing confidential advice and information:

  • Your GP or practice nurse
  • Your local sexual health clinic
  • Your local young persons clinic - click here to find your nearest SpeakEasy or HealthZone
  • Your local termination of pregnancy (abortion) provider (BPAS)



If possible, you should also talk through your options with your partner, family or friends.

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