Sexual Health Services for children and young adults in Northamptonshire

We offer the following free and confidential sexual health services

  • Chlamydia testing
  • Referrals for the testing and treatment of other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Pregnancy testing and next steps counselling and advice
  • Relationship counselling and advice
  • Information leaflets and packs
  • Condoms
  • The Condom card (C-Card)
  • Referral to the GUM (Sexual Health) Clinic at Northampton General Hospital
You can find more information about some of these services at the bottom of this page.

We know it can feel embarrassing

We’re not here to judge. We support thousands of young people just like you each year, and are here to help you stay safe and make informed decisions.

Current NHS statistics show that 1 in 7 people in Northamptonshire have an STI. We can do everything from practical STI testing to helping with difficult relationships. So don’t worry, we are here to help.

I’d like some counselling. What do I do now?

In person: Drop in and see us (there’s no need to book), or make an appointment (or someone can make an appointment for you).
By phone: You can call our helpline on 01604 622223 during opening times. You’ll get the answer machine when we’re not open, but we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
Email us: at info@thelowdown.info


More information about the lowdown’s sexual health services

Chlamydia testing and treatment

If you want to be tested for Chlamydia, please drop in during our opening times.

It’s a free and confidential service and both males and females can be tested. All you need to do is give us a urine (wee) sample (you can do it here or bring it with you). To make sure the test works, the sample needs to be collected at least an hour after you last urinated.

We’ll ask for a few contact details so you can get your results directly, confidentially and within two weeks. You can choose to receive your results by text, letter or phone call. If you do have Chlamydia, we can let you know where to go for treatment. You can of course still talk to one of our team for support if you need it.

The treatment for Chlamydia is four antibiotics, which will be given to you by a nurse. Generally, the nurse will ask you to take it there and then and you should be clear of Chlamydia within a week.

Pregnancy testing and next steps

If you think you might be pregnant, you can take a free and confidential pregnancy test at the lowdown.

All you have to do is drop in during our opening hours and provide a urine (wee) sample (you can do it here or bring it with you). Your results are normally ready within ten minutes, and we’ll be there to provide information and leaflets if you need them. We’ll support you with your result and can talk through your options, concerns, next steps or anything else you may wish to discuss.

Condoms

the lowdown has various types of condoms, including femidoms to give away. They are free and easy to get and we even have a colour coded Condom Menu to make asking easier – just come in and ask.

The C-Card scheme

c-cardThe easiest way to pick up free condoms from a number of different venues, whenever you need them. Wherever you see this symbol you can access free and confidential sexual health and contraception advice (including STI, emergency contraception and pregnancy testing), and you can collect free condoms.

Not all of the venues displaying the above C-Card logo can provide you with all the sexual health services listed, but they will be able to help you with some of them and be able to refer you elsewhere for the others. The GUM clinic (at Northampton General Hospital) can provide you with all the sexual health services.

the lowdown can provide you with the c-card, condoms, lube, pregnancy testing, information, Chlamydia screening, counselling and leaflets.

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