Please be aware that due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some of our local services have changed the way they are delivered and accessed. This is to prioritise the safety of staff and members of the public. Find out more by visiting the health and wellbeing service updates webpage.
You can access a wide range of sexual health services through locations listed on the Homerton sexual health services website.
This includes information about contraception, local sexual health clinics (Clifden Centre, Ivy Centre, and 80 Leadenhall in the City of London), how to access services if you are aged under 17, as well as their offering around free PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) treatment.
- If you live in the City of London and you’re over 16, and have no or mild STI symptoms, you can order a free kit to easily test yourself for STIs in the privacy of your own home through Sexual Health London. There is no referral process – the service is accessed via SHL’s website.
- If you are aged between 16-24 years old and live in the City you can order a free home chlamydia test through Checkurself. If you have chlamydia symptoms, or have received a positive result, then you need treatment. Use this tool to find out how to access treatment.
- City residents who may be at-risk of having contracted Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, or HIV, can take a free, confidential test at a local GP surgery, or at Homerton Hospital.
When used correctly and consistently condoms are an extremely effective method of preventing STIs, such as HIV, and avoiding unwanted pregnancies.
For young people:
If you are under 25 years old and live in the City of London you can access free condoms through Come Correct, which allows you to access condoms through a variety of local outlets, such as pharmacies, youth clubs and colleges.
Visit Come Correct or download the Come Correct app to find out where you can pick up free condoms in the City and register online. Once registered you can pick up free condoms once a week from any participating outlet all over London.
Come Correct Hackney and the City is provided by the young people’s sexual heath charity Brook.
For residents aged 25+:
If you are over 25 years old, live in the City and belong to any of the following groups, you can access free condoms from a range of local venues:
- Gay / bisexual men
- Black African and Black Caribbean
- Client of a substance misuse service
Visit the The Free Condom Project website to find out more, and to find your nearest outlet.
Adults living with HIV:
Positive East works with the City of London residents living with or affected by HIV. They provide support and advice on HIV, as well as health and wellbeing, benefit advice, housing issues and more. They also offer free and confidential counselling and psychotherapy sessions.
Referrals can be made through your hospital clinic or by calling 020 7791 2855. Proof of HIV status will be requested. HIV testing is for people who live or work in east London. For more information please call 020 7791 2855 or email Positive East.
Children, young people and families affected by HIV:
Body & Soul supports children, teenagers and families living with, or closely affected by, HIV, who live in the City.
It provides an array of support, including peer support groups and information workshops for children, teenagers and adults; one-to-one counselling with mental health professionals; information and advocacy on issues, such as health and treatment, welfare, human rights and immigration; and much more.
They are currently accepting new referrals which can be done by completing their online referral form. Once complete, a member of staff will get in touch to arrange a time to register the person either being referred or referring themselves.
The City of London Corporation is proud to support the Do It London campaign, which urges Londoners to get tested for HIV.
Testing is the only way to be sure of your HIV status. The earlier you test, the lower the risk of the infection damaging your health. Condoms and other methods, such as PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) are crucial to reducing the risk of HIV transmission. Condoms also protect against other sexually transmitted infections.