Sexual Health

The NHS provides clinics at Cardiff Royal Infirmary (CRI) and in other locations across Cardiff. All clinics are confidential. You will also be able to find clinics nearer home too.  

The CRI provides the most comprehensive Sexual Health service and would be the recommended point of contact for the majority of issues.

If you require a sexual health appointment, contact the CRI on the number below. You can call between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday - Friday. You may be able to attend a 'walk-in' surgery - current opening times can be found here.

Cardiff Royal Infirmary
Newport Road, Cardiff, CF24 0SZ
02920 33 5355
029 2033 5208  

Please see the CRI website for further information. Alternatively you can download the CRI service leaflet here.

Students who can drive or are prepared to travel may find it easier to access the Sexual Health NHS services in the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport.

01633 234555

Cordell Centre (GUM Clinic)
Royal Gwent Hospital
Cardiff Road
Newport NP20 2UB

Alternative Cardiff Sexual Health Clinics

Park Place GP Surgery are operate a walk-in Contraception and Sexual Screening Clinic. You will need to be a registered patient at Park Place or Roath House Surgeries to use this drop in service, available every Wednesday 1pm - 3pm.

Park Place Surgery is a branch of an existing GP practice - Roath House Surgery - operating from 100 Penylan Road. The Surgery operates an appointment system, although new patients may call in during opening hours to collect registration documents.

A full STI check, with blood tests are only available at CRI. Alternative clinics can be found here.

Park Place Surgery
37 Park Place, Cathays, CF10 3AT
+44 (0)29 2087 0660

Opening times 12.30 - 15.30 Monday - Friday
When the practice is closed, registered patients need to phone +44 (0)29 2046 1100 for advice/appointments.

Other Cardiff Clinics

Broad Street Clinic
Barry, CF62 7AL
01446 746 722

Butetown Health Centre
Loudoun Square, Butetown, CF10 5HN
02921 833257

Llantwit Major Clinic
Boverton Road, Llantwit Major
01446 791170

Parkview Health Centre
Treseder Way, Ely, Cardiff, CF5 5NU
02920 560752

Penarth Health Centre
Stanwell Road, Penarth, CF64 3XF
02920 702 396

Rumney Health Centre
Rumney Primary Care Centre
Barmouth Road, Rumney, Cardiff, CF3 3LG
02921 833400

St David’s Hospital
Cowbridge Road East, Cardiff, CF11 9XB
02920 536625

Emergency Contraception

Emergency contraception, if taken correctly can prevent pregnancy after unprotected sex. It is available free of charge to women of any age from contraceptive clinics and GPs.

There are two main types of emergency contraception available.

  1. Emergency contraceptive pill – This is most effective if taken within 24 hours. However is recommended to be taken within 72 hours of the encounter. You can acquire this from selected pharmacies or your GP. It is also available at most sexual health clinics (sometimes referred to as GUM clinics). It is not recommended that you take this method of contraception regularly as it is not as effective as normal contraceptive pills and is often more expensive.


  2. An IUD (Intra uterine device, or "coil") – may be fitted if it is more than 72 hours (and no more than five days) after unprotected sex. This may not be suitable for everyone. Doctors and family planning clinics offer this service. An IUD works by making the womb an unpleasant place for a fertilised egg to attach.


Remember that emergency contraception does not protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

See the NHS Direct Wales website for more information about emergency contraception methods.


There are a lot of different options to choose from, so don't worry if the first method you use isn't quite right. Speak to your doctor to decide which method of contraception is best for you

Free condoms from your Students’ Union - you can pick up free condoms from SHAG’s condom dispenser in the Students’ Union reception.

Using a condom is the only form of contraception that helps protect you against sexually transmitted infections as well as preventing pregnancy, so make sure you use them. If you are allergic to latex condoms, don’t panic, latex free condoms are readily available.

It is important to note that certain medications can make contraceptive pills less effective and oil-based products can damage condoms making them less effective. Be careful.

More about contraception

There are a large number of contraceptive methods available;

  1. Condoms – These are most affective in avoiding STI’s and pregnancy and have a 98% success rate.


  2. Cap – is a barrier method of contraception. It fits inside your vagina and prevents sperm from passing through the entrance of your womb. The cap is 92-96% effective at preventing pregnancy.


  3. Contraceptive/Combined pill - The hormones in the pill prevent your ovaries from releasing an egg (ovulating). When taken correctly, the pill is over 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.


  4. Diaphragms - A contraceptive diaphragm is inserted into the vagina before sex, and it covers the cervix so that sperm can't get into the womb (uterus). The diaphragm must be left in place for at least six hours after sex. When used correctly with spermicide, a diaphragm is 92-96% effective.


  5. Implant - The contraceptive implant is a small flexible tube about 40mm long that's inserted under the skin of your upper arm. It lasts approximately 3 years. If implanted correctly, it's more than 99% effective.


  6. Injection - The injection contains progestogen. This thickens the mucus in the cervix, stopping sperm reaching an egg. If used correctly, the contraceptive injection is more than 99% effective.


  7. Intra uterine device, or 'coil' - An IUD is a small T-shaped plastic and copper device that’s inserted into your womb (uterus) by a specially trained doctor or nurse. There are different types of IUD, some with more copper than others. IUDs with more copper are more than 99% effective.


  8. Patch - The contraceptive patch is a sticky patch, a bit like a nicotine patch, measuring 5x5cm. It delivers hormones into your body through your skin. Each patch lasts for approximately 1 week. When used correctly, the patch is more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy.


  9. Progesterone-only pill - The progestogen-only pill thickens the mucus in the cervix, which stops sperm reaching an egg. You can get this form of contraception from your doctor. If taken correctly, it can be more than 99% effective.


  10.  Vaginal Ring - The vaginal ring is a small, soft plastic ring that you place inside your vagina. It’s approximately 4mm thick and 5.5cm in diameter. The ring releases oestrogen and progestogen. This prevents ovulation (release of an egg), makes it difficult for sperm to get to an egg and thins the womb lining, so it’s less likely that an egg will implant there. If used correctly, the vaginal ring is more than 99% effective.

Please note:

  • Vomiting and diarrhoea can make your contraceptive pill less effective at preventing pregnancy. You may need to use extra contraception, such as a condom, while you're ill and during your recovery.


  • Missing pills or starting a new pack late can make your pill less effective at preventing pregnancy.


  • As with all medications, there may be some side effects when taking hormonal contraceptives, but it will usually be mild or temporary. The side effects will differ depending on the person using them, so speak to your doctor is if you are experiencing unwanted side effects.

Find out about different methods of contraception here or speak to your doctor.

Sexually Transmitted Infections(STIs)

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are diseases passed on from one person to another through unprotected sex (sex without a condom) or genital contact. You can get tested for STIs at a sexual health clinic, GUM (genitourinary medicine) clinic or GP surgery.

Common STIs



This is particularly common in sexually active teenagers and young adults. If you are under 25 and are sexually active, it's recommended that you get tested for chlamydia every year or when you change sexual partner. There were over 200,000 positive diagnosis last year. Young people are disproportionately affected by chlamydia.



This is the second most common bacterial STI in the UK after chlamydia. Most cases affect young men and women under the age of 25. About 50% of women and 10% of men don’t experience any symptoms and are unaware they’re infected.



It's important to get tested and treated as soon as possible if you think you might have syphilis, as it can cause serious problems if it's left untreated.



This is a virus most commonly caught by having unprotected sex or sharing infected needles to inject drugs. There is currently no cure for HIV.


Pubic Lice


These are easily passed to others through close genital contact. They're usually found in pubic hair but can live in underarm hair, body hair, beards and occasionally eyebrows or eyelashes.


Genital herpes



Genital herpes is a common condition, especially in people from 20 to 24 years old. There are two types of herpes simplex virus (HSV), type 1 and type 2. Both types are highly contagious and can be passed easily from one person to another by direct contact. Herpes can also cause what is commonly known as cold sores. At least eight out of 10 people who carry the virus are unaware they have been infected because there are often few or no initial symptoms.


Genital warts

Genital warts are very common. In Wales, they are the second most common type of sexually transmitted infection (STI) after chlamydia. You do not need to have penetrative sex to pass the infection on because HPV is spread by skin-to-skin contact.



Scabies is caused by tiny mites that burrow into the skin. It can be passed on through close body or sexual contact, or from infected clothing, bedding or towels. You may have a rash or tiny spots. In some people, scabies can be confused with eczema. It's usually very difficult to see the mites.

Sexual Health Facts

1) You cannot always notice symptoms if you have an STI

Most people with Chlamydia don’t know that they have it. Protect yourself by using protection.

2) Not all contraception protects you from STIs

If you are using the contraceptive pill, implant, coil, injection, patch or natural family planning you are not protected from STIs. Make sure that you use a condom or have a conversation with your partner.

3) You can get a STIs from oral sex

Find out more here. Protect yourself by using condoms or dental dams.

4) If you have an STI, don’t panic.

Most STIs are easily treatable through antibiotics or creams.

5) If STIs are left untreated they can cause problems in the future.

For example, if gonorrhoea or chlamydia is left untreated it can causes of pelvic inflammatory disease, and infertility.

You can find out about different STI's here.

Sexual Health Awareness Group

SHAG is your student led service committed to increasing awareness and understanding of fundamental sexual health issues. They are an extremely passionate group of student volunteers dedicated to supporting the welfare of the CU student body. SHAG work closely with the Students’ Union and various sexual health organisations to deliver accurate and relevant information to Cardiff University students.

SHAG administer two condom dispensers up in the Students' Union, one just by the entrance to Y Plas and another in reception. We also have a small one in the Heath by the IV lounge.

Our condom dispensers provide students with Pasante condoms, however, if you would like FREE CONDOMS of all various sizes and types then why not sign up to C-card? We run c-card every Wednesday 1pm-3pm in Room 3D in the Students' Union. For updates relating to where C-card is running, please like their Facebook page and follow their Twitter. Find out more here.

Useful Links

Cardiff University SHAG 


Terrence Higgins Trust (HIV / AIDS)

The Family Planning Association

Marie Stopes 

NHS Choices 

YMCA C-Card 

Rape Crisis 

Public Health Wales

Disclosure Response Team