Sandwell Council House reception will be closed from 1pm on Tuesday 21 May

The main reception at Sandwell Council House, Oldbury, will be closed from 1pm on Tuesday 21 May due to Annual Council. The reception will re-open as normal at 9am on Wednesday 22 May. Access council services online →

Sexual health

Looking after your sexual health is an important part of staying healthy. Getting treatment early can help prevent problems later, so get checked out if you think you are at risk.

We offer a range of sexual health services to help you stay in control of your body and keep you feeling great, both at clinics across the borough and even from the comfort of your own home.

 

Worried you might have an STI?

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) are extremely common and often show no signs or symptoms.

Getting tested has never been easier.  Simply order a STI test kit online, which will be delivered within a couple of days. You then simply collect your sample(s) and return.  Test kits are discretely packaged and you will be notified of the results by mobile.

Sometimes it’s better to speak to someone who can answer all your questions face to face.

We run two clinics in the borough where you can get advice, information, STI tests and more. You may need to visit one of our clinics if you receive a positive STI test result.

Both clinics offer bookable appointments, or you can simply drop in for a chat when it’s most convenient.

Our two clinics are located at:

  • Lyng Centre for Health and Social Care, Frank Fisher Way, West Bromwich, B70 7AW (Open from 8am – 9pm on weekdays and from 9am – 12.30pm on Saturdays)
  • Rowley Regis Hospital, Moor Lane, Rowley Regis, B65 8DA (Open on Thursdays only, from 5pm – 8pm)

 

What if the results are positive?

If your results are positive, first of all there is no need to panic. Almost all STIs can either be cured or managed effectively. This includes HIV.

You may need to come into the clinic to speak to one of our staff, but don’t worry; they are well rehearsed in these issues and will help to put your mind at ease and give you all the information you need.

Firstly, they will talk to you about your results: what infection you have, what this means for you and the type of treatment is will involve. They will help organise the next steps for you and they will be able to answer any questions you may have about the results.

Following your course of treatment, you may need another test to check whether the treatment has worked, but your doctor or nurse will be able to advise you.

It is important that you also understand the importance of telling any current or previous partners, but our staff will be able to talk you through the different ways to do this.

 

We know that taking control of your sexual health can be daunting, so we want to give you the choice of how you do it. Everything we do is confidential; whether you come into a clinic or use an at-home STI testing kit, no-one will ever know you’ve been in touch.

So, no matter your age or relationship status, look after your sexual health the easy way with a little bit of help from us.

For more information, please visit the Healthy Sandwell website.