Sexual Health

Sexual health clinic 

Free and confidential - screening, treatment, advice

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that are passed from one person to another during sex. Using a condom for sex reduces the risk of picking up or passing on an STI.

Lots of people will have an STI and not know it. This is because the symptoms for some STIs are not always obvious. These are some of the symptoms to look out for:

  • pain when peeing
  • blisters, sores or spots around the genitals or anus
  • irritation of the urethra (where the pee comes out)
  • pain when having sex
  • unusual discharge from the penis, vagina or anus
  • itching around the genitals or anus

If you think you might have an STI, you can book an appointment for one of our sexual health clinics at The Robert Darbishire Practice on a Wednesday or a Friday. These clinics are free and confidential. You will be offered testing and treatment for STIs and referral to other services if needed.

To book an appointment please speak to a receptionist. It is more confidential if you telephone rather than coming in to the surgery to book an appointment.

Notes of attendance at the clinic will form part of your GP medical record. This helps to ensure continuity of care.

R U Clear?

Did you know that 1 in 10 young people in Manchester have chlamydia? We offer free and confidential testing for chlamydia for our patients aged 16-24. 

Chlamydia is a common STI. It often doesn't have any symptoms so lots of people who have it don't know it. It can lead to long-term health problems such as infertility (not being able to have children) if it isn't treated. If you are aged under 25 you should have a routine test, once a year, and when you change your sexual partner.

RUClear tests are free and painless. There is no poking or probing involved, you just need to pee in a pot or do a simple self-taken vaginal swab. Your sample will be tested for chlamydia and another common STI called gonorrhoea. These infections can be treated with a simple course of tablets.

It's really easy to get a test. If you are aged under 25, you can get a free test from us, please ask reception for an RU Clear Kit, or ask your nurse or doctor to arrange the test.

However, if you have any symptoms, please book into the sexual health clinic for full advice and screening.

RU Clear is only available to under 25s, so if you are aged 25 or over and you would like testing, please book into the sexual health clinic.