Would you prefer to use an online chat service to get sexual health advice? Or to order a STI home testing kit from a website? These questions and more are being asked in a Berkshire-wide survey being run by Public Health officials.
The survey aims to understand where and how people want to access help and advice for all things to do with sexual health, including contraception, infections, check-ups, pregnancy, consent and relationships.
The survey – which is anonymous and confidential – also asks for people’s views on the Safe Sex Berkshire website, including people’s awareness of it and whether it contains all the information they need.
The Berkshire Digital Sexual Health Hervices Survey is open until Friday 31 May 2019 for people living in Reading, Bracknell, Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead, West Berkshire and Wokingham.
In a separate survey carried out by Healthwatch Reading last September of first-year university and college students, only 31% said they would know how to access free and/or emergency contraception, and only 22% where to find the Florey Sexual Health Clinic in Reading (in Craven Road near the main hospital building).
Public Health departments, run by local councils, have had responsibility for planning and funding sexual health services since 2012.