Sexual Health

We want to know what you think about sexual health services

Cornwall Council is seeking the views of residents across Cornwall to help shape the future of sexual health services.

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From getting free emergency contraception, to free condoms from the C-Card service, screening at The Hub and even having a coil fitted, a broad range of sexual health services are funded by Cornwall Council’s Wellbeing and Public Health team.

Later this year the Council will be recommissioning some of these services, and we’ll use what you tell us to make sure we commission the right services.

We want to know;

  • Are services open at the right time?
  • Are they in the right place?
  • Are they accessible?
  • How should they develop in the future?

The survey has been extended and is open until 23 September 2018

Take the survey

We have hard copies available in large print and easy read, please email phdesk@cornwall.gov.uk for these. Alternatively you can download a hard copy or an easy read version for return to Sexual Health Consultation, Public Health, Floor 1E, Cornwall Council, Treyew Road, Truro, TR1 3AY.

For information about the sexual health services and support that is available in Cornwall, as well as advice on contraception, sexually transmitted infection (STIs) and pregnancy choices please visit our Cornwall sexual health and contraception website

The new Sexual Health Strategy 2016-2021 shows a clear ambition for improving sexual health and reducing sexual health inequalities. 

Sexual Health is an important part of health and wellbeing and includes relationships, sexuality, emotional and physical health. The strategy has the following priorities:

  1. To reduce rates of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among people of all ages
  2. To reduce unwanted pregnancies amongst all women of fertile age
  3. Continue to reduce under 18 and under 16 conceptions
  4. To increase early diagnosis, and reduce onward transmission of, and avoidable deaths from HIV
  5. To promote relationships, sexual health and sexuality as an important aspect of health and wellbeing
  6. Using innovation and collaboration to deliver financially sustainable models that deliver high quality outcomes.

The new services being commissioned as part of our overall provision in Cornwall are:

A digital sexual health service; Innovation and technology now mean that some sexual health services can be delivered online. Services could include getting information and advice, understanding your risk of a STI’s and ordering an STI self-sampling kit you can complete at home and return to find out your results. Already in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly young people under 25 years can access chlamydia screening kits online. Face to face services will still be available in Cornwall but depending on what you need, you may be able to access some service online instead

A HIV prevention service which will aim to raise awareness of HIV, particularly among groups who may be at higher risk, support those at risk to improve condom use and access HIV testing in order to stop the spread of HIV and increase early detection to improve health, and support those diagnosed with HIV to access services that offer wider support to improve health and reduce inequality.

Cornwall Council is responsible for securing open access sexual health services across Cornwall. This includes: 

  • Comprehensive sexual health services including most contraceptive services and all prescribing costs (but excluding GP additionally-provided contraception).
  • Sexually transmitted infections (STI) testing and treatment, chlamydia screening and HIV testing.
  • Specialist services, including young people’s sexual health, teenage pregnancy services, outreach, HIV prevention, sexual health promotion, services in schools, college and pharmacies.

You can find out more about the Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly’s Sexual and Reproductive Health profile. This tool helps us to monitor sexual and reproductive health of our population so that we can best design services to meet Cornwall’s needs.