Background/introduction Young people are not always consulted about their sexual health information and service needs.
Aim(s)/objectives The authors sought to capture young people’s views and experiences of sexual health information and services in a specific geographical area.
Methods An online survey was published on survey monkey between 4 and 16 December 2014. It was promoted via social media, youth groups and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) organisations. 207 responses from young people aged between 14 and 22 were analysed.
Results 50% of respondents were female. Of 190 stating sexuality, 12% may be gay or bisexual. Only 13% had attended sexual health classes that met all their sexual health needs. Young people reported getting sexual health information from TV programmes and websites. Young women were more likely to get information from family members than young men. Most young people knew where they could get condoms, pregnancy tests and emergency contraception. 85% did not know about PEP (Post Exposure Phrophylaxis) for HIV. 30 young women had talked to a health professional about contraception, most commonly the pill and implant. Young people want sexual health services to be open in the evenings and weekends, the most common combination was Monday evening, Friday evening, and Saturday afternoon.
Discussion/conclusion The sexual health information needs of young people are not being met in education settings. More information about PEP is needed, especially for young gay and bisexual men. Sexual health services should have extended opening hours leading up to, during and after weekends.
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