Your sexual health during the coronavirus outbreak

We want you to know the NHS is open to young people

The NHS is open

You can get free condoms, contraception and confidential help from your local sexual health clinic and doctor. Your appointment may be over the phone or by video.

If you think you might be pregnant, time really matters. Please get in touch to discuss your options and book into the right service for you.

If you have had unprotected sex and need emergency contraception or think you have an STI, contact your local clinic or doctor for help.

You won’t be in trouble and you won’t be judged.

You can still get free emergency contraception at most local pharmacies.

Find your local sexual health clinic

You can find your local sexual health clinic on Scotland's Service Directory.
Sexual health clinics

Always follow the most up to date guidelines to protect yourself and others. You can find the most up to date information on the Scottish Government or Young Scot websites.

Can you get COVID-19 from having sex?

Having sex or close contact, like kissing, with anyone that doesn’t live in your household puts you at high risk of catching or passing on coronavirus. It also puts anyone else you live with at risk. 

People with coronavirus can have no symptoms and still be infectious. So even if someone has no cough or temperature, they can still have the virus and pass it on to you - and you can pass it on to them too. Condoms do not protect against coronavirus.

It is important that you follow the guidance on meeting people from other households.

Pregnancy

If you think you might be pregnant, you should take a pregnancy test to find out. You can get one for free from your doctor or local sexual health clinic or you can buy one from a supermarket.

If you have had a positive test result and you want to continue the pregnancy, make an appointment with a midwife as soon as possible.

If you have had a positive test result and the pregnancy was unplanned, you may feel some of the following emotions:

  • Happiness that you were able to get pregnant
  • Shock that you are actually pregnant
  • Worry that you aren't ready, or can't afford to have a baby
  • Anger that you are pregnant and didn't choose to be
  • Anxiety about what other people will think
  • Excitement about such a big change in your life
  • Concern that you  might make the wrong decision
  • Fear about the process of pregnancy and childbirth

If you are pregnant there are three options available to you and you have the right to choose any one of them.

Continue the pregnancy and keep the baby

You may still be unsure how you feel about being pregnant. Your midwife will be able to support you and answer any questions that you might have.

There are different ways of being looked after during pregnancy and you will have an active say in how both you and your baby are cared for.

You should make an appointment with a midwife as soon as possible.

Looking after your health is very important during pregnancy, and you’ll be offered lots of advice and information about this.

Ready, Steady, Baby has more information

End the pregnancy

If you have decided to end the pregnancy or are currently unsure and want to discuss this option further then make an appointment with your local sexual health clinic or your doctor.

They will be able to support you and talk things through. They will also be able to tell you what to expect and arrange a referral.

This short film gives more information about abortion

 

Place the baby for adoption

If discovering you're pregnant is not what you expected, you could decide to carry on with the pregnancy and have the baby adopted once it is born.

If you decide that adoption is right for you and your baby, a social worker will spend some time with you to help you with your decision.

The preparations for the adoption can begin before your child is born, but nothing will be definitely arranged until after the birth, so you will be completely free to change your mind.

You might feel differently once the child is born and want to become a parent.

For more information, you should talk to your midwife or doctor who will put you in touch with a social worker.

The British Association for Adoption and Fostering has more information

Healthy relationships

A healthy relationship is one where you are both equals. A relationship is unhealthy when it involves controlling or threatening behaviour. This can be physical, sexual, emotional, financial or psychological.

If your partner makes you feel scared in your relationship, it's important to get support. You are not alone.

You can contact services in confidence and be aware that the coronavirus 'stay at home' message does not apply if someone needs to escape abuse.

You can contact:

Further information can be found through Safer Scotland.