Sexual Health

Sexual health services and support

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 Sexual Health Cornwall website.

Thank you to everyone who took part in our recent consultation about sexual health services in Cornwall.

The results offer insight to the opinions and views of stakeholders who completed the surveys and we can compare the result of this consultation to the previous consultation conducted in 2016.

The majority of people completing the surveys want to access a specialist, all age, integrated sexual health and contraceptive service for their sexual health needs and want a mix of bookable and drop in appointments. Young people under the age of 19 responding prefer to access to an online service and a specialist young people’s contraceptive and sexual health service.

We will be using the results to help set the specification for the up coming re-commissioning of sexual health services for Cornwall. 

Sexual Health Strategy

The Sexual Health Strategy 2016-2023 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.

Further information

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.