Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

It is important to look after your sexual health whatever your age. Safer sex means protecting yourself and your partners from unwanted pregnancies and from catching STIs.

If you are sexually active, you may be at risk of catching an STI (also known as a STD). Practising safer sex and always using a condom reduces the risk of infection and pregnancy. 

If you think you may have an STI we would advise you to get tested. 

Where to get a test

Visit Sexual Health South West London for a full list of clinics across Wandsworth, Richmond and Merton. 

There are six clinics across the three boroughs, offering contraception and sexual health testing, treatment and advice and are opened for six days a week including Saturdays. The services provided in these clinics are free and confidential. You can book an appointment yourself or attend in an emergency. You do not need your GP to refer you for care, nor do you need to live locally.

Please call the booking and advice line on 0333 300 2100 to check which clinic you should use. Lines are open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and on Saturday mornings. A recorded message gives useful information outside of these hours.

You can also find other clinics and services near you on the NHS Choices website

STI testing at home

Sexual Health London (SHL) online testing programme offers free and easy access to STI testing kits (chlamydia, gonorrhoea, HIV, syphilis, Hepatitis B and C) for Londoners aged 16 and over who have mild or no STI symptoms. Kits can be sent directly to the individual’s home address or alternatively can be picked up from a local sexual health clinic.

Freetesting is the national HIV testing service providing free online HIV and syphilis tests for sexually active individuals aged 16 and over. If you would rather just test for HIV, then this service may suit you better than SHL.uk. You can choose for the kit to be delivered to any address, and there is an option to also test for syphilis, as syphilis rates are on the rise.

Young people

View sexual health advice for young people for more information.