(see also: Sexual Health)
- Anyone who has unprotected sex can catch a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI)
- One million people are infected with STIs around the world every day of the year
- Many sexually transmitted infections have no obvious symptoms of illness (or symptoms may come and go very quickly) - so you could be infected without realising it
- Some STIs, if left untreated, can lead to very serious complications
- Many STIs are curable and all are preventable.
- Taking blood and urine samples
- Taking a swab from the infected area
- Genital examination
- An internal examination for women.
Where to get help and advice
Further information is available on the Keeping Healthy, Keeping Safe webpages from Welfare & International Support. Alternatively you can pick up a copy of ‘Keeping Healthy, Keeping Safe’ from Student Support and Wellbeing Service main receptions.
Visiting GUM (Genitourinary Medicine) clinics
GUM clinics deal with sexually transmitted infections as well as many other sex related problems. Many people feel embarrassed at the thought of attending the clinic for the first time. However, the staff working at the GUM clinics are experienced in this area and have a reputation for being sympathetic and non-judgemental.
- Visit Sex: Worth Talking About to find out where your nearest clinics are located
- Look in the telephone directory under genitourinary medicine (GUM), STIs or venereal diseases (VD)
- Family Planning Association - call their helpline on : 0845 310 1334 (Monday to Friday 9.00 am to 6.00 pm)
- Call NHS Direct on: 0845 46 47 (open 24 hours a day)
Newcastle Sexual Health Centre & Gum Clinic
New Croft House,Market Street East,Newcastle upon Tyne,NE1 6ND
Tel: 0191 229 2999 (Appointments and Advice)
Family Planning Unit
Victoria Wing, Main Outpatients,Royal Victoria Infirmary,Queen Victoria Road,Newcastle upon Tyne,NE1 4LP
Tel: 0191 282 4436
Graingerville Contraception & Sexual Health Clinic, Newcastle General Hospital,Westgate Road,Newcastle upon Tyne,NE4 6BE
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am – 8pm; nurse cover, please ring wherever possible before attending to check specialist appointment availability
Clinic: 0191 219 5239
Molineux Street NHS Primary Care Centre,Molineux Street,Byker,Newcastle, NE6 1SG (Open Wednesdays 2.00-4.30pm)
Tel: 0191 2755700
Family Planning, Young People’s Clinic,35/37 Groat Street,Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 1UQ
Clinic: 0191 230 5533
Welfare & International Support
Tel: 0191 227 4127
Student Support and Wellbeing
Ask4 Help Desk
Coach Lane Library
Coach Lane Campus
Tel: 0191 215 6590
Sexual health - New Croft Centre
Newcastle Primary Care Trust's (PCT) sexual health services are provided from the New Croft Centre located in the heart of the city centre.
The New Croft Centre offers both walk-in clinics and booked appointments, giving both men and women easy access to a wide range of sexual health services.
Staff are committed to providing free, confidential and friendly sexual health services in a setting which is bright, modern and welcoming.
Please note that those attending walk-in sessions will be seen on a 'first come - first served basis'. The numbers of people we can see will vary each day due to staff availability. If the queue and wait session is full you will be advised that you can either attend our next queue and wait session or you can attend our appointment only sessions. If you have signs or symptoms of infection, please inform a receptionist who will arrange for you to speak in privacy to one of our nurses.
Please be aware that specialist appointment clinics may be running at the same time as the queue and wait sessions. Therefore some people with pre-arranged appointments may be seen sooner than those waiting to be seen for the queue and wait sessions.
Follow the link below for details of opening times and booking appointments.