Spectra Covid-19 update

Sexual Health

We are committed to ensuring all those we support are able to protect their sexual health, protect their partners, and lead happy and healthy sex lives; making the choices that are right for them.

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PLEASE NOTE: SERVICES VARY DEPENDING ON LOCATION.

For young people

A state of physical, mental, and social well-being in relation to sexuality. It requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences; free from coercion, discrimination, and violence.

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We provide accurate, up-to-date information around sexual health and relationships including support with: deciding to have sex; healthy relationships; choosing contraception; and concerns around sexuality and/or gender identity.

Support can be provided on a one-off basis, or through regular 1:1 sessions via our mentoring and counselling services.

We will never tell you what to do, but can provide information about your options to help you make a decision for yourself.

We offer a non-judgemental, young person focused, confidential service.

 

Free condoms

StudentSpectra are part of the C-Card scheme; providing free internal and external condoms and lubricant to young people (13-25 years old) across London. You can register to the scheme and collect supplies from our outreach sessions.

For young men (16+) who identify as gay, bisexual, or MSM Spectra also offer free condoms and lubricant through our 24s scheme.

For young people (16-24) living in Merton, Richmond, or Wandsworth you can order free condoms from METRO’s “Get It” service.

It’s important to make sure you’re using the condoms that are best for you. A variety of condoms are available through each of these schemes including those of different sizes and textures, and flavoured condoms for protection from STI transmission during oral sex.

 

Free STI Testing

Sexually Transmitted Infections can sometimes be symptomless, so you may have an STI and not know it. If you’ve ever had unprotected sex (oral, vaginal, or anal) you are at risk of STI transmission. The only way to know is to get tested regularly. We recommend every 6-12 months, or at every change of partner.

If you are experiencing symptoms you believe could be caused by an STI you should attend your local sexual health clinic. Alternatively, if you are over 16 and live in London you can order a self-testing kit to be done at home. Or you can bring it to any of our community HIV testing sessions where we can help you with it. Watch this short video to explain how to collect your samples.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkW-3xzQaeo&t=4s

For young people (16-24) living in Merton, Richmond, or Wandsworth you can order free chlamydia and gonorrhoea testing kits from Metro’s “Get It” service.

For professionals

Spectra have been commissioned to deliver sexual health services to young people via an outreach, prevention, and engagement programme.

Our work includes targeted 1:1 support, as well as groupwork sessions; supporting schools and education settings in providing compulsory Relationships & Sex Education.

  • Our counselling and mentoring services are available to young people (13-25 years) who live, work, study, or socialise in Merton or Wandsworth. Young people can refer themselves to the service, or can be referred by a supportive adult. In all cases young people need to consent to the referral and need to agree to engage with the service.
  • Spectra can offer targeted groupwork on either a one-off basis, or as a series of sessions. Topics covered include: healthy relationships; consent; pornography; and contraception, and are tailored to the needs of the audience.
  • We are funded by Children In Need to provide free support to young people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or are questioning their gender or sexuality, across London.
  • StudentSpectra also offer training to professionals working with young people. Topics covered include: inclusivity; talking to young people about sexual health; and pornography, and is tailored is the needs of the audience.
  • We are also available to support education provisions in delivering Relationships & Sex Education sessions as part of the new guidance around compulsory RSE provision.

If you know of a young person who would benefit from our services, please support them to complete the referral form; ensuring they consent to their information being shared, and return it to YPServices@spectra-london.org.uk. A worker will then get in touch to organise an assessment.

If you want to refer a young person into our LGBTQ+ counselling or group support directly, please visit our webpage and follow the registration instrution there.

If you are interested in accessing our groupwork support, please complete the groupwork request form and a worker will be in touch to organise session delivery.

If you are interested in accessing our professionals training courses please complete the training request form and a worker will be in touch to organise session delivery

Anything else

If you have any queries about the services StudentSpectra offers please get in touch by emailing YPServices@spectra-london.org.uk, via our online contact form, or live chat with us here.

 

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