We offer a wide range of confidential services including STI testing, treatment, contraception (including long-acting and emergency), pregnancy testing, and specialist young people’s services.
We also offer postal STI testing and treatment through our digital partner, SH:24.
Unprotected sex refers to any form of sexual contact where a barrier method of contraception (such as a condom or female/internal condom) has not been used.
If you have had unprotected sex, or your barrier method of contraception has failed, you may be at risk of STIs. Remember - not all STIs have symptoms.
You may also be thinking about unplanned pregnancy. If you think you need emergency contraception or think you might be pregnant, we can help.
Don’t panic, most infections are easily treated and getting tested is free and confidential.
If you are showing symptoms of an STI, you should visit a sexual health service as soon as possible so we can provide you with a test and treatment.
If you don’t have any symptoms but have had unprotected sex, don’t wait and hope for the best, have an STI test as soon as you can – it’s the only way you can be sure.
If you are 16 or over, you can get a free STI test kit sent to your home. Tests arrive the next working day in a plain envelope and include clear instructions to help you take your own samples.
If you’ve had unprotected sex (sex without a condom) or your method failed (missed pill or a split condom) you may be able to prevent pregnancy by using emergency contraception within the first five days.
The sooner you access emergency contraception, the more effective it will be. You should also consider the risk of STIs.
If you are pregnant and it is not planned, we can support you with whatever you need. We are here to listen, answer any questions and give you lots of information and support to help with a decision that feels right for you.
Contraception is available FREE for all ages from our sexual health and contraception services.
You can also get some types of contraception from GP surgeries. Our find a service tool can help you find what's available where.
Oral contraception or 'the pill' is taken daily to prevent pregnancy. There are two types: the progestogen only pill (POP) and the combined pill (COC) - both contain hormones.
Oral contraception is free on the NHS and from any of our sexual health and contraception services.
If you are 18 or over, you may also be able to order the pill online from SH:24 and receive it directly to your home. This service is free. SH:24 provide the same oral contraception as sexual health services, GPs and pharmacies and their clinicians are on hand to carryout your initial consultation.
Once an SH:24 clinician has approved your prescription, they will post your contraception out the same day (if you order before 2pm), or the next working day (if you order after 2pm). They will send it in discreet packaging by 1st class Royal Mail. You will not have to be in or sign for the package - it will fit through your letter box.
You can get free condoms and lube from any sexual health service in Cornwall without needing an appointment.
Cornwall also offers a Condom Distribution Scheme for under 25s. This means you can be shown how to use a condom and after that, you will be provided with a CCard which allows you to collect free condoms from a range of places across Cornwall.
Whatever your age, gender or sexuality, we’re here to help you with your contraception needs.