Sexual health, condoms and contraception

Sexual health clinics

If you need support with sexual health, Locala Community partnerships run a number of drop in clinics across the Bradford district for young people.

Locala offer friendly, free and confidential sexual health services. Book an appointment or call in at one of their drop in sessions for testing and treatment of sexually transmitted infections, a range of contraception, smear tests and help and advice on all sexual health.

Visit Locala’s website to find the nearest clinic to you.



Condoms are very effective if used properly – they protect both of you from STIs (including HIV) as well as being a contraceptive. There are many places you can get condoms for free.

Free condoms

  • Locala clinics
  • Young people’s drop-ins
  • Some GPs
  • Sexual health services in schools
  • GUM clinics
  • Youth Service (youth cafes)

You can also buy some contraceptives at chemists and condoms are also available to buy in most shops, supermarkets and public toilets. Visit the Locala website to find out more.

Forms of contraception

There are many different types of contraceptives available and making the right choice can be complicated. Some things you may want to consider are:

  • how reliable is the method?
  • how does it affect my body?
  • do I need a prescription for it?
  • how much does it cost?
  • does it offer protection from Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV?
  • is it still reliable if I’m ill?
  • how is it used?
  • how easily available is it?
  • can I use it if I’m under 16?
  • how can I discuss contraception with my partner?

Some forms of contraception will only be issued with a doctor’s prescription from your GP, Contraception & Sexual Health Clinic (Locala Services), or Young Person’s Clinic. It’s a good idea to visit one of these in any case possibly with a list of questions that you have, so that you can talk about the method that would suit you best. Consultations are free and confidential.

There is a lot of choice from coils (IUS and IUDs), implants, contraceptive pills and condoms. Coils and implants can last from two to five years and you might find that it takes a few months to adjust to any hormonal contraceptives. You need to think about what is the best method for you. Visit the Locala website to find out more.

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