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Information for under 21s



If you are under 21 (or under 25 with learning disabilities) and have any questions or concerns about pregnancy or sexual health, the Dorset Sexual Health Team is here to support you.

We have a dedicated Young People's team, who can help with information, advice and accessing sexual health or contraception services. For further information on who can help, advice and accessing sexual health or contraception services click here.

It is important to have regular sexual health screening. Many people with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) have no symptoms. STIs can pass from one person to another during sex, especially if you don’t use a condom. It’s a good idea to get tested, especially if you have recently changed partners. You can now do this from the comfort of your own home. Click here to order your test.

13 to 19 year olds can also access free condoms through the 'C-Card' scheme, these can be accessed from lots of venues across Dorset (click here to find the nearest C-Card venue to you).

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Confidentiality

Young people, including those under 16, have the same right to confidentiality as adults.

Everything you say will be kept confidential unless we feel:

  • You or someone else is at risk of serious harm.
  • There is an intention to commit or has been a serious crime committed.

If we need to share information with any other professional, we will, wherever possible, talk to you about this first.

We have to keep records of our appointments which are kept secure within Dorset HealthCare data systems. They cannot be read by anyone outside of the sexual health service.

What services do we offer?


What services do we offer?

  • Information and advice about contraception methods
  • Provision of emergency contraception
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
  • Hepatitis B vaccination
  • LGBTQ+ outreach clinic (Over the Rainbow in Bournemouth)
  • Pregnancy testing and advice
  • Psychosexual Medicine Service
  • Management of thrush and other genital problems
  • Sex and relationship education service
  • Sex and relationship education service
  • Management of pelvic pain

Follow-up and testing after sexual assault

  • Early medical termination (abortion)
  • Support for sex workers

Contact us

You can call the team on 0300 303 1948 or if you prefer you can also contact us by email at dhc.sexualhealth.promotion@nhs.net and we’ll get back to you by email or phone.

Why not follow us on social media?

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We regularly update our social media accounts to keep you up to date with any clinic closures or adjustments to opening times. As well as posting about Pride events, mental health awareness and much, much more:

Facebook: @SexHealthDorset

Instagram: @sexualhealthdorset

Twitter: @SH_Dorset

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Frequently Asked Questions

Click below for some frequently asked questions


Will you tell my parents?

No, not unless you ask us to. Young people, including those under 16, have the same right to confidentiality as adults. Everything you say will be kept confidential, unless we feel:

  • You or someone else is at risk of serious harm.
  • There is an intention to commit or has been a serious crime committed.

If we need to share information with any other professional, we will, wherever possible, talk to you about this first.

We have to keep records of our appointments which are kept secure within Dorset HealthCare data systems. They cannot be read by anyone outside of the sexual health service.


Will you tell my school?

No, not unless you ask us to. Young people, including those under 16, have the same right to confidentiality as adults. Everything you say will be kept confidential, unless we feel:

  • You or someone else is at risk of serious harm.
  • There is an intention to commit or has been a serious crime committed.

If we need to share information with any other professional, we will, wherever possible, talk to you about this first.

We have to keep records of our appointments which are kept secure within Dorset HealthCare data systems. They cannot be read by anyone outside of the sexual health service.


Will my GP know that I've been here?

No, not unless you ask us to. Young people, including those under 16, have the same right to confidentiality as adults. Everything you say will be kept confidential, unless we feel:

  • You or someone else is at risk of serious harm.
  • There is an intention to commit or has been a serious crime committed.

If we need to share information with any other professional, we will, wherever possible, talk to you about this first.

We have to keep records of our appointments which are kept secure within Dorset HealthCare data systems. They cannot be read by anyone outside of the sexual health service.


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