Sexual health services in Tower Hamlets are provided through open access ‘one stop shops’ that promote good sexual health and well-being. The majority of sexual health and contraceptive needs can be met at one site, usually by one health professional, in services with extended opening hours and accessible locations.
From prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and control, the services in place aim to reduce HIV and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), provide a choice of contraception and reduce abortions and teenage pregnancy. They also support people who were victims of sexual abuse and rape.
What services are available locally?
Bart’s Health officially launched a new sexual health service called All East.
It provides free and confidential sexual health services at centres across East London. That includes sexual health screenings (including HIV testing) and contraception services.
Due to Covid-19, All East have very few face-to-face appointments available.
Priority is given to people with the most urgent health needs.
Please do not walk in into any clinics without booking an appointment first.
If you book an appointment, you will get instructions on how and when to attend.
You can also order an STI test kit online.
Sexual health and substance misuse services for young people
Safe East are a team of professionals that helps young people to take control of their health and make safer, healthier choices.
They support 10 to 19 year olds who live or study in Tower Hamlets.
They also support people aged up to 25 if they are in the care system, have special educational needs or a disability.
They provide help with:
- substance misuse: information, advice and support
- sexual health: issues around consent and relationships, contraception, C-card (free condoms), testing and treatment for STIs
Tel: 020 3954 0091
Come Correct condom distribution scheme (C-card)
Young people in London can register onto this scheme to get free condoms.
Visit any of the easy access points (EAPs) displaying the Come Correct logo. There are 65 EAPs in the borough.
You can find out more details and register on the Come Correct website.
You're Welcome - young people friendly services
Services which display the You're Welcome logo have met the criteria for providing young people friendly services and helped to improve accessibility.
Reversal service for female genital cutting
(Also known as female genital mutilation – FGM)
Tower Hamlets Contraception and Sexual Health (TH CASH), Mile End Hospital,
Bancroft Road, E1 4DG
020 7377 7870
Positive East provide support services for anyone affected by HIV who receives HIV treatment or lives in east London.
They can help you with:
- HIV rapid testing services
- information and advice (benefits, immigration, etc.)
- peer support (individual and groups)
- ESOL classes
- health and wellbeing (mindfulness, acupuncture, etc.)
If you live, work or study in Tower Hamlets, they can provide fast, free, confidential STI and HIV Testing from your home.
Find out more on their HIV and STI testing webpage.
Want to know more?
To find out about the sexual health and contraceptive services your GP practice or local pharmacy offers, please contact them directly.