At the end of July we bid a sad farewell to our office in Arcade Street, where we’d been for the past 5 years (although it feels like much longer!) and moved in to our new home at 10-12 Orwell place. While it’s a fair bit smaller, we have grand plans! As the September issue of Student Life Magazine goes to press, the outside looks as it does in the photo, but hopefully by the time you read this we’ll have our window dressings in place and our sign by the door!
We are open Monday to Friday, between 9.30am and 5pm, and welcome anyone who wants a chlamydia test or to pick up a c-card or condoms, to knock on the door. We’ll soon be advertising regular drop-ins too.
The iCaSH young person’s clinic will continue to run on Thursday evenings between 2pm and 6pm, offering a pill service, treatment for those with symptoms, as well as contraceptive advice. This is an appointment only clinic, and walk-ins will not be seen. For appointments please call 0300 1233650. Terrence Higgins Trust will not be able to book appointments on your behalf. For further information go to
www.icash.nhs.uk/where-to-go/icash-suffolk/ipswich-youngpeople Please bear in mind, opening times are subject to change. For those with no symptoms please go to www.icash.nhs.uk/expresstest and order a self test kit. For those under 25 who would like a chlamydia or gonorrhoea test, please go to
Our weekly Rapid HIV testing clinic will also continue – call 01473 393102 for more details. Alternatively you can order a free test online at https://test.tht.org.uk
Sexual Health Week
Also this month, it’s Sexual Health Week (Monday 24th – Sunday 30th September).
Previous years have seen us talking about Porn, and running around the county dressed as Pokemon! Just another day in the life of THT Suffolk!! Check out our social media for details!
This year’s theme is consent. The Sexual Offences Act 2003 says that a person Consents to something if that person ‘agrees by choice and has the freedom and capacity to make that choice’.
Key points around consent
•The age of consent for any form of sexual activity is 16, regardless of gender or sexual orientation
•While it is an offence for anyone to have any sexual activity with someone under 16, there would be no intention to prosecute teenagers of a similar age where sex is by mutual consent
•Consent is given by saying yes. For example, if a person is unconscious, they are unable to say yes. Therefore consent has not been given
•Just because consent has been given before, it doesn’t automatically mean consent is given for the future. People can change their minds, and that’s ok
•Children aged 12 and under cannot legally give consent, and any sexual activity would be deemed statutory rape, with a maximum sentence of life imprisonment
•In the UK, if a man penetrates the vagina, mouth or anus of another person, regardless of their gender, and without their consent, he is committing rape
•A woman cannot be charged with rape, as the offence is defined as penile penetration. However a woman can be charged with other offences such as, causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, sexual coercion or assault, or assault by penetration
•Touching someone in a sexual manner if that person has not given consent, is also an offence
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