Sexual Health

Did you know…

For a limited time anyone over the age of 16 can have a FREE HIV test – the test kit is sent to your home address, is quick, easy to use and discreet.  Click this link to find out more… This is a limited offer open only until the end of June 2020.

Performing Self-Swab

How to self-swab to test for infection if asked to by Towcester Medical Centre:

  1. Open swab packet which will contain
    • Vial
    • White swab
    • Blue swab
  2. Discard white swab
  3. Insert blue swab into vagina (where you would insert a tampon) and rotate against vaginal walls for approximately 10-30 seconds.
  4. Take white cap off vial and insert blue swab
  5. Snap off remainder of swab and discard
  6. Reapply white cap onto vial
  7. Fill in personal detail on side of vial
    • Full name
    • Date of birth
    • Date swab is taken
  8. Return to Towcester Medical Centre
  9. Please phone for your result 7-10 days after dropping in.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (aka STI)

Many people with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) do not get symptoms, so it’s worth getting tested even if you feel fine. If you think you have an STI, the earlier you’re tested, the sooner treatment can be given if it’s needed.

An STI can be passed from one person to another through sexual contact, including vaginal, anal and oral sex.

STIs can pass between men and women, and from women to women and men to men.

For more specific sexual health advice, read women who have sex with women and sexual health for men who have sex with men.

Many STIs can be cured with antibiotics. Some, such as HIV, have no cure, but can be treated to prevent them getting worse.

You cannot tell by looking at someone (including yourself) whether they have an infection, so it’s important to get a check-up if you have had unprotected sex or think you might be at risk.

For more information from the NHS website follow this link.

Chlamydia Screening for under 25’s

Chlamydia is a common sexually transmitted infection that can easily be treated with antibiotics. If untreated, chlamydia can lead to complications such as infertility.

There is a simple, painless, free test that you can do yourself. If you are under 25 years of age and would like a test please speak to one of the practice nurses.


We participate in the C-Card Scheme. If you are under 25 and would like confidential health or contraceptive advice, or free condoms, please see staff at reception or any young person’s organisation displaying the C-Card sign.

Sexual Health Clinics

These clinics provide free screening, diagnosis and treatment for anyone worried about sexual transmitted infection and other genital conditions.

The service provided is confidential and does not need a GP referral.

Nearest clinics to Towcester are:

  • Northampton General Hospital – Booking Number: 01604 637203
  • Milton Keynes University Hospital – Booking Number: 0300 3038273