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Sexual health

You can find information here about how to get free contraception and where to get other advice about sexual health.

Free contraception

There is a scheme which allows you to collect free condoms, including from campus.

The University of Bath takes part in the B&NES C-card scheme which allows you to collect free condoms from a number of local venues including the Roper Centre on campus. To register for a C-card you will need to attend a brief consultation with a Wellbeing Adviser who will explain the scheme, some safety points and issue you a card. You can then use your C-card to collect free condom packs from over 50 venues in Bath and North East Somerset. Consultations last around 15 minutes and can take place in person or virtually.

You can book your appointment to register for a C-Card via MySkills.

Other forms of contraception are available from the NHS, contact your GP or find a local service.

Sexual health

It's important to be aware and understand your sexual health while at university.

Whilst at university you may decide to have sex or you may not. Either way it is important to understand sexual health in general and how to make healthy choices.

More than a third of cases of sexually transmitted diseases are in the 16-24 age category according to the Health Protection Agency. The best protection against this is appropriate contraception.

Contraception can also help protect against unplanned pregnancy. The NHS offers advice on pregnancy and local services can advise around unplanned pregnancy.

The University Medical Centre are able to offer sexual health advice if you are a patient and the NHS run a Sexual Health Clinic in the city centre where you can book an appointment or attend a walk-in clinic.

Sexual health services in Bath

There are a number of venues in Bath where you can receive free sexual health advice.

You can get free sexual health advice on a number of issues including:

  • chlamydia screening
  • advice on unplanned pregnancy
  • contraception
  • emergency contraception
  • pregnancy testing
  • relationships
  • sexual health advice
  • sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing

To search for the nearest venue providing these services visit the Banes Safe website find a service.

Other advice and support

More sexual and healthy relationship support is available.