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Sexual Health

We Offer Free Sexual Health for Patients 20 & Under.

To be eligible for free sexual health services, you must be a New Zealand resident aged 20 years old or under, and enrolled with a GP in Canterbury.

If you are not currently enrolled in Canterbury , then it’s free and easy to enrol with us, just ask at reception or download an enrolment form.

Need Help Now?

If you have a sexual health issue which needs to be addressed straight away, ask at reception for a nurse or doctor appointment or you can be seen in our walk-in Accident & Medical Clinic.on arrival just say you are here for the free under 21 health check.... and you will not be asked to pay. It is only for sexual health consultations though, so if you need other health services, there would be an appointment fee. 

Sexual Health Services

  • Contraception Advice and Treatment including Emergency Contraception ('Morning After Pill') 
  • Testing and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
  • Sexual Health Advice
  • Pregnancy Testing & Advice
  • Cervical Smear Tests
  • HPV vaccination to protect against cervical, penile, anal and throat cancers
  • Sexual Injuries or Assualt advice 

Contraception

The different methods of contraception include:

  • Contraceptive pills – “the pill”
  • Barriers—condoms and diaphragms
  • Injection – Depo Provera
  • Long acting reversible contraception, such as the Jadelle® implant and Mirena® intra uterine device which are both available at Moorhouse Medical Centre.
  • Permanent contraception: vasectomy for men and tubal ligation for women 
  • Emergency contraception
  • Fertility awareness

Your choice of contraception will depend on your age, health and the status of your relationship. Talk to your doctor or nurse if you are unsure which method is best for you. They will ask about your health so they can recommend the safest contraception for you.

Be prepared

Contraception is very effective at preventing pregnancy but whichever method you choose, everyone should use condoms to prevent contracting a sexually transmitted infection that could have further health and fertility issues for you in the future.

Sexually Transmitted Infections

STIs are on the rise. Chlamydia has increased by 20% in the last 5 years, Gonorrhoea by 50%. That means if there are more people in the community with an STI – there is more chance that you could catch one.You may not know you have one, as many do not have sysmptoms, and this is why they spread so easily.

Chlamydia is New Zealand’s most common STI and often causes no symptoms. Untreated it can go on to cause severe pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. The good news is that Chlamydia can be easily treated with prescription medication from your doctor. Other STIs like Genital Herpes can’t be cured, but can be controlled with medication. Herpes is a very painful condition to have – once you have it, you have it for life. 

The worst of it is that you can also catch illnesses like Hepatits C and HIV, which are both incurable but easily preventable by using condoms. 

Condoms work

Condoms are an effective way of preventing many STIs. If you are like most people, you will not find out your partner’s sexual past until your relationship is underway. That is too late to stop an STI.

Stay safe. Always use a condom, no matter who you are having sex with. You don't want to be that person who passes something on to someone else.

For Further Information about Sexual Health check out Just The Facts website: justthefacts.co.nz