A wide range of services exist to help you to look after your sexual health and wellbeing. They are available at GPs, pharmacies, specialist sexual health clinics and young people's health and wellbeing clinics and drop-ins. Sexual health services are free, confidential and, in some cases, you can use them anonymously. From a full sexual health MOT to free condoms and advice, there is a service that is near you. We also provide support for schools to support sex and relationships education.
Sexual health services
Hackney is part of the North East London sexual health and HIV clinical network. Local services are listed in full on Homerton sexual health services, as well as information on all aspects of sexual health including contraception, STIs and HIV.
Come Correct - free condoms for young people (24 and under)
Hackney is part of the London-wide condom distribution scheme Come Correct, which provides access to free condoms in a variety of outlets, such as pharmacies, youth clubs, schools and colleges across the borough. The scheme has given out over 400,000 free condoms to young people in Hackney since 2011.
Visit Come Correct or download the Come Correct app find out where you can pick up free condoms in Hackney and register online. Once registered you can pick up free condoms once a week from any participating outlet all over London.
In Hackney come correct is provided by the young people's sexual heath charity Brook.
The Free Condom Project - free condoms for adults (25 and over)
The Free Condom Project provides free condoms for adults in many different outlets across Hackney including pharmacies, clinics and other community settings. Once registered you can pick up condoms once a week from any of the participating outlets. Visit Free Condom Project for a list of providers.
Hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV
Hackney residents who may be at risk of having contracted hepatitis B, hepatitis C or HIV can take a free, confidential test at GP surgeries and Homerton Hospital.
New HIV testing kits: We are also looking at new ways to deliver services to local residents and, for a year, we are piloting the provision of free HIV testing kits which can be posted to your address.
Checkurself is the London website for free home chlamydia testing and chlamydia treatment. If you live in London and are between 16 and 24 years old you can order a free home chlamydia test:
If you have chlamydia symptoms or have received a positive result then you need treatment:
The Council ensures that suitably qualified and CQC registered open access sexual health services are available to residents in the borough.
We do this by negotiating terms and conditions for these services with local providers based within Hackney and across London, to provide the following:
- giving contraceptive advice
- providing medical examinations to people looking for contraceptive advice
- treating and supplying contraceptive substances and appliances
Treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STI):
- preventing the spread of sexually transmitted infections
- treating, testing and caring for people with STIs and
- notifying the sexual partners of people with these infections
Due to the open access nature of sexual health services, residents may choose to use other providers who have not established terms and conditions with the Council.
These out of area providers are not directly commissioned by the Council and there is currently only an agreement for the cross charging for genito-urinary medicine (GUM) services.
Financial terms for the provision of GUM services to residents
For those providers without a negotiated position:
- financial terms for the provision of GUM services to residents [pdf, 72.4Kb] (for the period April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017)
Please ensure you quote the correct prices according to the year in which care was provided otherwise your invoice will be rejected.
Providers of GUM services who wish to submit invoices totalling more than £1,000 per annum must be registered as a supplier to the Council and all providers must fully comply with the terms and conditions.
Failure to comply with the financial terms and follow the payment process will lead to a rejection of an invoice. No alternative payment terms or mechanisms are available.