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)
  • Nurse Service
  • 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?

  • Please call us on 01604 634385 to make an appointment (or someone can make an appointment for you). Let us know whether you would prefer to see a male or female counsellor. You can choose.
  • If you want to speak to a counsellor you can call our crisis line 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:

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.


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.

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.

Nurse service

Nurse Bobbie Poster

Your message is confidential and sent direct to the lowdown's support team.
This form is for self-referrals and assisted self-referrals to access the lowdown’s services.