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2. Sexual Health
Friendships can change as we become young adults. Two people may decide to enter into a more intimate relationship. This can include having sexual intercourse, but it does not have to, it is always your choice. There are lots of other ways you can show someone you care about them, without having sex. Never feel pressured into doing something you don’t want to do and always check with your partner that they are happy too.
If you have talked about it together and both want to have sex, the best thing to do, is to discuss this with the doctor or nurse at your GP surgery, or to visit a sexual health clinic. At the clinic, a sexual health nurse will be able to suggest types of contraception, to prevent a pregnancy, and be able to give you condoms to help protect against sexually transmitted infections (STI). Although this can be embarrassing, remember that the nurses are used to talking about sex, and they will make it easier for you to talk to them about it.
The Lincolnshire Integrated Sexual Health Services (LISH) website has details of all the clinics in Lincolnshire, on their website at https://lincolnshiresexualhealth.nhs.uk/find-clinic. There are some clinics especially for young people. You can find out if there is one in your area by visiting the website. You can also find out all about how to make an appointment. To see what it is like to visit a clinic you can watch this short video. https://youtu.be/TgkVr8rhtYk or you can visit their website https://lincolnshiresexualhealth.nhs.uk/young-person-clinics/about-youth-clinics.
LiSH also has a mobile unit, please visit the link below for more information: https://lincolnshiresexualhealth.nhs.uk/about-lish-mobile-community-clinic
If you are unable to attend the main clinics, or require any reasonable adjustments to be made prior to a visit, please call the central booking line and speak to someone in the team. They will arrange a member of the LiSH team to call back and discuss your requirements in more detail.
It is important to always use a condom when having vaginal, oral or anal sex, or you may be at risk of catching a sexually transmitted infection (STI). You can also get free condoms if you are between 13 and 25 by registering for a C Card. There are details of how to do this on the website. https://lincolnshiresexualhealth.nhs.uk/c-card-scheme.
If you have had sex without using a condom, it is important to be tested for STI's at the sexual health clinic. Remember, most STI's do not have any symptoms at all.
Sexual Orientation is who we are sexually attracted to, or who we want to have a romantic relationships with. We may be sexually attracted to people of the other sex, for example female to male, male to female. We may also be attracted to people of the same sex as ourselves, male to male, female to female or be attracted to both females and males. This is known as being part of the LGBTQ community. “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.”
Some people also use the Q to stand for "questioning", meaning people who are trying to work out their sexual orientation or gender identity. You may also see lots of other letters after the Q, this shows the many ways people can form sexual or romantic attractions to different people, for different reasons during their life.
It is okay to fancy or be attracted to people of the same sex – to be gay, lesbian or bisexual. It is okay to fancy or be attracted to someone of the opposite sex – to be heterosexual. Everyone have the same rights in expressing their sexuality and have personal and sexual relationships if they want to.
You don’t have to tell other people that you are gay, lesbian or bisexual. If you do want to tell someone, think about telling someone that you can trust – and who you get on well with.